Pass­ing law in­tro­duces more dan­ger

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

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

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