As annoying as drivers who “stop short” at stoplights are, I have always been perplexed by another paralysis that seems to have afflicted a great many drivers in this area. I call this phenomenon the “left lane limbo” syndrome. When I moved here several years ago from the land of Lincoln, I noticed drivers at intersections with no left turn arrow have extreme difficulty negotiating this maneuver. The secretary of state in Illinois has determined that if you’re adult enough to drive, you should be capable of managing your vehicle through an intersection without an invitation from the car behind you, via several blasts of the horn. So the state has few arrowed-only intersections.
Many drivers in this region, however, will sit through two and sometimes three light cycles until they figure out that we’re not getting any younger and then proceed. Drivers can, with turn signal activated, proceed safely into the intersection and wait for traffic to clear before finishing their left turn.
I encourage all drivers to try this. As well as being efficient, it is also a very “green” maneuver as it saves fuel.