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Letter: Too many poor drivers on the road

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Posted: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 7:01 am

With more than 45 years driving experience on various continents, it is astonishing to witness such poor driving standards in the Phoenix area. It seems a matter of routine that all drivers exceed the posted speed limit no matter what the prevailing conditions.

To listen to the daily commutor traffic news is not unlike hearing a demolition derby commentary with all the extraordinary drama and consequences. My pet-peeve is seeing drivers make those scarey ‘U’ turns at intersections and anywhere else they please. How could that even be legal!

So many accidents happen at those intersections with drivers rushing to beat the red light. If European traffic laws were to be applied in Phoenix, almost overnight the streets would be cleared of the majority of traffic. Phoenix drivers always say “you think it’s bad here, just try driving in California.” The trouble with that mentality is that it does not improve the drivers here.

There is far too much “Hey get outa way dude!” What ever happened to considerate driving. Certainly that little book was long ago thrown out the car window.

Maxwell Coulthard


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