Smart driv­ers can im­prove safety on high­ways

Advertiser (Grand Falls) - - Editorial -

The daily com­mute to and from work and driv­ing for a liv­ing is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly dan­ger­ous around the Avalon and in our province.

With all the re­cent tragic ac­ci­dents, peo­ple are blam­ing the roads and the gov­ern­ment, but we have to ac­cept our share as well.

How many of us have done the fol­low­ing — speed, tail­gate, use our phones, eat, drive on top of the yel­low line, not turn on lights when it’s foggy or rain­ing, pass on solid lines, not use turn sig­nals, use cruise con­trol in the snow and rain (which al­lows wheels to keep spin­ning and causes loss of con­trol) and drive tired.

I re­cently saw a woman in a black Jeep Com­pass pull a U-turn by North River just in front of me on the Veter­ans. Com­ing from Mount Pearl by Ruth Av­enue in a con­struc­tion zone with 50 km/h and no pass­ing signs, a guy passed me in a Young Driv­ers of Canada car!

Most days I drive to Bay de Verde and ev­ery day some­one will pass me on solid line roads, around turns, by school zones and up hills. It’s just crazy!

We are all in a big rush all the time. We know the roads aren’t great. We know the weather causes un­safe con­di­tions.

We know wildlife is a dan­ger. Any­one with a pulse can get a li­cense in an hour.

We need bet­ter and con­tin­u­ous driv­ing ed­u­ca­tion. You can get that li­cense at 16 and you’re good till death do you part. I know my re­flexes and eyesight are not as good as when I was 16. Retest­ing one’s abil­ity ev­ery five years should be manda­tory.

More po­lice pres­ence at peak driv­ing times is needed to help crack down on most of the bad driv­ing habits.

In the end, the one per­son that will look out for you is you.

Drive safe and God bless you, my­self and our loved ones.

Jason Mor­gan writes from Spa­niard’s Bay

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