Passing law introduces more danger
Thank you Arlie Bryan Siebert for your thoughts concerning a new Maryland law permitting passing on the right of left turning vehicles [“Is passing on the right really that safe, or was that even considered?”, Maryland Independent, July 7].
I have no idea how many folks actually are concerned about this but I am. Here in Charles County, we have “passing” lanes so cars need not be hindered by cars attempting to cross traffic into their subdivision or road. We also have stoplights with no passing lanes but oh so many people continue to pass to the right through an intersection with no concern or awareness that the two cars at the intersection might actually be giving way to one another to make the legal turns through opposing lanes. If you have ever attempted to make those turns, you realize you have no idea if the opposing traffic will abide by laws I grew up with — observing right of way.
Maybe the State Highway Association and Maryland State Police will give us new guidelines for how we are to navigate these situations. Right now, I am hoping we will all be relegated to bicycles or horses — that might actually bring civility to these roads.
Jill Smithson, La Plata