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You Ask, Patch Answers: Post Office Parking Lot

The Santee Post Office has a rather complicated parking lot, and with people constantly coming and going, we examine the lot's signs.

Q. Who has the right of way for the yield sign in Santee parking lot? I've been almost side-swiped on numerous occasions due to the drive-thru traffic not yielding to the parking lot traffic (as would seem to be the case based on the sign's location and position).

A. The sign, not to mention normal right of way law, indicates that traffic going to the left, by the drive-thru mailboxes, must yield to parking lot traffic.

It's apparent that the sign is slightly tilted so that heavy-footed drivers in the left lane might not think it applies to them, and shoot out into the lot.

This is a complicated parking lot, and many people are running errands and rushing, so in general, let's take it easy while coming and going from the Post Office.

Post Office officials have been alerted to this issue, perhaps they'll tweak the yield sign so it clearly applies to the mailbox lane.

Kathy February 25, 2011 at 05:08 PM
I have suggested to the Post Office, that they place a sign by the Drive Thru Mail Boxes, as well.
Gloria Gerak March 01, 2011 at 04:18 PM
Question: Can you please tell me where the weather/temp reading is taken for Santee. I'm pretty sure that it is at the Santee Lakes ... but the approximate physical location? Gloria Gerak
Steven Bartholow (Editor) March 01, 2011 at 09:56 PM
Gloria, I am putting together a piece outlining where the various weather reading stations are located around Santee. There are a few used by different agencies, two of which are at the Santee Lakes and Gillespie Field. I hope to have the piece up soon about it and will drop a link here.
Motivated Santee Citizen June 22, 2011 at 07:44 PM
You have got to be kidding me. You almost get into a car wreck in the Post Office parking lot. Simple answer that has always worked for me: Slow down and be careful and you won't get in a wreck. Seriously, a parking lot! OMG!

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