Nancy McStay: What is with drivers in our community?

— To the Editor,

Why do I have to stop at intersection when the light is green? Doesn't green still represent go?

I have just had it with the drivers who feel yellow mean to accelerate so they can beat the red. I have had so many near misses with my children in the car. I also have witnessed several major accidents at the very intersections that are the worst. Namely the intersections of Victory and Green and Victory and Mack (Finley).

The worst time is from 7:45 and 8:05 a.m., when we all are getting our kids to school. I have yet to see law enforcement out near those areas. OK, if it is a matter of manpower and man hours, why not set up an unmanned car? Who doesn't panic just a little when they see a police car? Please, for the sake of my children's lives, slow down. Namely those individuals who feel the need to multitask while driving. Is it that important to call or text someone while driving?

Nancy McStay

Comments

Neal Harkner 6 years ago

When I come home to visit my dad tells me to "slow down" when I'm doing the speed limit. Apparently going faster than 20mph scares him. :)

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grannyrett 6 years ago

Good point Nancy. My driver's ed teacher would have had a fit if we tried to get through a yellow light. I have been yelled at and worse in Denver when I slowed at a yellow light. If people are in that big a hurry, leave a little earlier.

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AltitudeAdjustment 5 years, 12 months ago

I feel your pain. Bike paths are a good idea too - except for the years when winter hangs around for nine months of the year.

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AltitudeAdjustment 6 years ago

I agree native. For the most part I don't mind the guy buzzing through the yellow light. I never take off before the light turns green, so I am in no danger of running into the guy who is finising his pass through the intersection as the light turns red. As long as you have entered the intersection (and not doing a 100 mph to do it) before the light turns red you are in the safe. What gets my goat more than anything is all of our drivers who don't understand the protocol of an intsection when no lights are involved. I am most impressed by the guy who has been sitting at the intersection for a week and doesn't realize it his turn. You are waiting for him to go, and the next thing you know you're collecting social security because it has taken so long. So you finally go right about the same time this guy finds his gas pedal. Better yet is the guy that thinks its his turn when it's not. Give me a stop light almost anyday over a fourway stop, when humans are factored into the formula.

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