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On speeding and other sins


I read with interest your front page article of Oct. 1, entitled “Youth charged as communities deal with speeding.”

It is great to see concerned citizens posting about and reporting speeders and it is indeed heartening to see charges being laid. However I want to vent regarding not just drivers speeding but the total lawlessness and truly awful driving habits witnessed every day on our roads and highways.
For instance, I find myself being one of the maybe one per cent of drivers who actually stop at a “stop” sign every time; some do not even slow down.
Can’t they read or do they just choose to ignore the law?
In my estimation 75 per cent of drivers will not bother to signal lane changes. Either they are too lazy, they do not know the law, they do not care or they are too busy trying to hang onto their cellphone.
Many drivers on the TCH do not understand proper merging. Many are still driving with a cellphone stuck to their ear, their eyes glazed over in deep conversation and their attention not really on the road in front and to the side.
Heaven forbid an emergency situation should arise. I cringe at the junction of Route 390 and the Trans-Canada Highway when I witness a driver, who cannot wait for a few seconds, lurch left across the highway with a transport truck barreling down at 100 km/h. There will be a serious accident there yet.
And, of course this sort of stuff will continue unfortunately because in my view there is practically zero monitoring or enforcement of traffic regulations.
A police presence on the highway seems to be a rarity. I suppose there are other priorities for a limited staff.
Thank you for allowing me space to vent some of my driving “pet peeves.”

Joe Hann,
Springdale­­­

It is great to see concerned citizens posting about and reporting speeders and it is indeed heartening to see charges being laid. However I want to vent regarding not just drivers speeding but the total lawlessness and truly awful driving habits witnessed every day on our roads and highways.
For instance, I find myself being one of the maybe one per cent of drivers who actually stop at a “stop” sign every time; some do not even slow down.
Can’t they read or do they just choose to ignore the law?
In my estimation 75 per cent of drivers will not bother to signal lane changes. Either they are too lazy, they do not know the law, they do not care or they are too busy trying to hang onto their cellphone.
Many drivers on the TCH do not understand proper merging. Many are still driving with a cellphone stuck to their ear, their eyes glazed over in deep conversation and their attention not really on the road in front and to the side.
Heaven forbid an emergency situation should arise. I cringe at the junction of Route 390 and the Trans-Canada Highway when I witness a driver, who cannot wait for a few seconds, lurch left across the highway with a transport truck barreling down at 100 km/h. There will be a serious accident there yet.
And, of course this sort of stuff will continue unfortunately because in my view there is practically zero monitoring or enforcement of traffic regulations.
A police presence on the highway seems to be a rarity. I suppose there are other priorities for a limited staff.
Thank you for allowing me space to vent some of my driving “pet peeves.”

Joe Hann,
Springdale­­­

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