Americans will put up with anything provided it doesn't block traffic.
Life is too short for traffic.
Our national flower is the concrete cloverleaf.
It's all very well to run around saying regulation is bad, get the government off our backs, etc. Of course our lives are regulated. When you come to a stop sign, you stop; if you want to go fishing, you get a license; if you want to shoot ducks, you can shoot only three ducks. The alternative is dead bodies at the intersection, no fish, and no ducks. OK?
Traffic signals in New York are just rough guidelines.