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Be considerate on the roads

Posted: February 27, 2013 - 9:42am

At first, I thought people were just too busy watching the road to read D.O.T. signs. Now I have come to the conclusion that most drivers do not even see the signs that say things like, “Drive with headlights on at all times,” or “No passing zone,” and last but certainly not least, “Speed Limit.”

While driving from Soldotna to Homer one very snowy and foggy day I encountered two out of every 10 vehicles driving without lights. Others are driving with lights so blinding that if you are not careful, you will not be able to see the road due to oncoming traffic with these bright lights. Do people really need to endanger other drivers by either not using their headlights, or having such bright headlights that it does blind those in the other lane? At night when you are driving so close to the person in front of you with your blinding bright lights on, it not only endangers those around you, but you as a driver and your passengers.

I realize if you have 4-by-4, great studded tires, etc., you think you are invincible on the road. This is not true. I have been driving on Kenai Peninsula roads since I was 16 years old and just recently have realized how inconsiderate people are when they drive. No concern for other drivers, no respect for the laws, and do not even realize there are signs there for a reason.

Let us all try to be careful on the roads. There is no reason to be rude, nor drive 70 mph. I will drive the speed limit or as road conditions allow. I will get there not only in one piece, but also at the same time as those who ignore the rules of the road.

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spwright 02/27/13 - 05:00 pm
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Texas Drivers

2/27/13 Mrs Hodges, IF you think that Peninsula Drivers are Bad ?

Go spend some Time on the Texas Highways ! The Speed Limit is 85 mph but here's the catch. NO ONE DRIVES THE SPEED LIMIT IN TEXAS.
Even Lil' Ole Ladies drive too fast ! Speed Limit of 85 mph & Everyone drives 95 or 100mph ! & this is perfectly acceptable in Texas. No One is the least bit concerned with driving 100mph ! Talk about White Knugle Driving & STRESS

We are used to 40 or 50 mph driving then Boom ! You are surrounded by Total Idiots driving 100mph !

SPW in Sloooooooowdotna

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northernlights 03/01/13 - 09:42 am
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Texas

Dont even compare our state to Texas. when you have 24hrs of darkness, compact ice and snow, plus moose all along the roads, then maybe you can compare. It snows one day in your area and you have a hundred car pileup. There's a big difference. But the bottom line is; no matter how many letters are written to the editor or how many signs are along the roads, those who don't care will not take heed until an accident happens. We have to be defensive drivers.

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spwright 03/01/13 - 10:47 am
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Northern Lights

Well You would just have to experience this for yourself & that will make a believer of You.
Driving at 95 mph, a guard rail to your left, semi-truck wheels to your right, Cowboy in a big ole Pick-Up Truck so close you can't see the front grill of his truck & a Cowboy & Pick-Up in front of you. & only inches apart. That's driving on Texas highways. & that's totally acceptable in Texas.
& Yes just a single tap on the brakes creates a multi-car pile up.
Think SPRING ! SPW in Sloooooooowdotna

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groutgirl 03/05/13 - 03:18 pm
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I'm thrilled to see this opinion piece

Thank you, Katherine, for your thoughtful and well-written piece about this issue. I was coming home from Anchorage, and as soon as I hit the road to Soldotna in a blinding snowstorm with no side-road reflectors or any indication to tell the road from the ditch, while traveling the speed limit, I was dangerously tailgated and passed by the very drivers you mention; those with stinging headlights on dangerous stretches of road. When I arrived in Soldotna after this white-knuckle ride, I noticed there were 9 patrol cars in the State Trooper parking lot on K-Beach. I stopped and spoke to a trooper, and he explained that they had only 3 others on duty that night, and that 2 of them had gone to Seward to pick up a prisoner to transport him to Wildwood, so only one was on the road. I passed a guy broken down on Turnagain pass, but a tow truck was enroute. There was NO HELP to be found, and it's because there are not enough troopers available to canvass the roadway and hand out tickets to these idiots. I will no longer drive to Anchorage in the winter time, but now I cannot afford to go to Anchorage very often. It's sad that people are so hateful and inconsiderate of others. It will only get worse if law enforcement does not have the resources to enforce.

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groutgirl 03/05/13 - 03:21 pm
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Who cares about Texas?

Yeah, what's that all about. Maybe it's all the Texans we import to work on our oilfields, instead of hiring locally, who drive like that HERE. Think about it.

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