Are driving laws really that different from state to state, or do people just care less and less?
First example: Yield signs. In MN, yield means yield, not merge. Yet, on my way to work there are seven yield signs, and people treat them more like merge points than yielding. It messes up a bunch of stuff, people always have to slam on their brakes to compensate for the non-yielding driver, and I can't stand it anymore. This never used to be a problem. Does yield mean merge in other states? When I lived in Ohio, for example, yield and merge signs were always next to each other on freeways. Never in MN, except to alert cars already on the highway that there is traffic from the right, but they still have a yield sign, separately, which is different than a merge sign.
Second example: Red arrows. In MN, you cannot turn on a red arrow, period, left or right. But TWICE in the past week, I have seen drivers honking at the car in front of them to go and turn left on a red arrow. What the heck? One car had British Columbia plates, so maybe the Canadians have it different, but the other car had MN plates and was still getting annoyed.
Anyway, I assume that these are either transplanted drivers, or they just don't care, especially the yield thing. I have never seen people blow yield signs and treat them like merge points until just the past year or so. In fact, one intersection is so bad that my city actually put up additional signs that say "this is a yield sign, not a merge point." I don't get what is going on.
And don't get me started on navigating a cloverleaf, which I recently learned is almost completely a MN thing, and transplants just drive down the shoulder because they have no idea where to go...