Commute seems more like a parade

Posted: Friday, February 18, 2011

I make a 40-mile commute everyday from Soldotna to Nikiski and back again, been doing this for many years now, and I very rarely see a police officer or trooper on patrol, maybe once or twice a month.

My complaint is that for most of this trip I am stuck behind someone who just can't seem to drive the speed limit. I'm not talking on a snowy morning or when the roads are bad, I'm talking almost every singe day, when the roads are clear and dry and in the summer, too. You're stuck behind someone driving 35 or 40 mph in a 55 zone with a dozen or more cars behind them. You can't get around them at all and your stuck, for almost 10 miles, until you hit the four way in Kenai, then you hit the other two lane towards Nikiski and it's the same thing again, 40 mph all the way north.

I know, I know, be patient. But think about it for a minute. If you were speeding along this same stretch of road someone would undoubtedly call you in and the police would find you and give you a ticket, but how many tickets have been written by the Soldotna police, state troopers or Kenai police for someone driving well under the speed limit? I guarantee you will not find one. Speeding in itself is not unsafe, this is state statute, neither is driving too slowly but they are both against the law.

The whole point of ticketing someone is to identify problem drivers, not so the state or local government can make a profit. If someone can't drive the speed limit, because of age, fear, or whatever, then they are a problem driver and they need to be identified. It's maddening to deal with this everyday, year after year. You have to plan your whole schedule around being stuck, because you know it's going to happen, every morning and every evening while trying to get home.

Come on, guys, get out there and give the people who can drive safely and within the law a break. And don't get me started on the people who can't turn off their fog lights and those insanely bright xenon high-intensity headlights.

Jim Johnson, Soldotna

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