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Drivers cause for concern

Published: Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 11:40 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 11:40 a.m. CDT

From Henry Roberts


This article should be titled concerned drivers. I have driven close to a million miles, so I have seen about everything that can be seen on city streets or state highways and interstates. My biggest concern has to do with drivers ignoring traffic laws.

Every day I see people running stop signs and red lights. When you come to a “STOP” sign, it means those things under your vehicle need to come to a complete stop, not just step on the brake, so your brake lights come on, then proceed through the intersection.

Another example is when you come to a red light and are turning to the right. Yes, it is legal to turn right at a red light, but again, those things under your vehicle need to come to a halt.

Those signs on the streets and highways that say “speed limit” means the maximum speed not the minimum. Every time I get in a vehicle, I see people speeding. For some reason, some people must believe that going five miles over the speed limit is okay, and I think some think 10 miles over is okay. Yes, my speedometer is correct and is working properly.

Another thing that thankfully isn’t as big of a problem, is people driving with the high beams on during the day. That is a problem mostly at night but at any time you have your high beams on it will have a bad effect on the people driving toward you. At night, you need to dim your lights before you get too close to the oncoming car. I was taught when I first started driving that when you can see both of the headlights on the oncoming car, you need to dim your lights. This also applies when you are approaching a car going the same direction at night your headlights can blind the driver through the rearview mirror, so when you see both tail lights of the vehicle in front of you, dim yours.

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