Worst anywhere

Oceanside drivers need to pay more attention to what they're doing

I am writing in response to Jennifer Ellwyn’s letter to the editor in the Feb. 7 issue of The NEWS (‘Traffic trauma’).

I have been a commercial vehicle operator for 40 years throughout Canada and the United States and I consider the drivers of the Oceanside area some of the worst I have ever encountered.

I disagree with Ellwyn’s estimate of traffic violations occurring five minutes apart — they happen every few seconds.

How many vehicles in front of you did not stop or use turn indicators at that last intersection?

The infractions Ellwyn and I speak of are not committed by any age or gender specific group but by all.

I have seen ‘N’ drivers along with those who are older, supposedly more responsible drivers running the same stop sign in opposite directions at the same time! Come on!

Unless I am very wrong, the use of turn indicators and coming to a full and complete stop at intersections is mandatory under the Motor Vehicle Act.

Tailgating or bumper riding other drivers is not only illegal, but also inherently dangerous.

Tailgaters lose face, sometimes literally.

I have witnessed face-to-steering-wheel impact and it ain’t pretty — and that includes the injuries to the person you rear-end.

Drivers, please try to slow down, pay attention, and show some respect to others.

That way, we may all make it home to our loved ones without undue stress and the risk of injury.

Ian M.Smith





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