Im­pa­tient driv­ers lead to ac­ci­dents

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

I have been won­der­ing why there are so many ac­ci­dents at the in­ter­sec­tion of St. Charles Parkway and Billings­ley Road (there was an­other one just a few days ago) when vis­i­bil­ity is not an is­sue from any side.

Then one day last week, we had an ex­pe­ri­ence that may have re­vealed one pos­si­ble cause, maybe the main one.

We were first in line at the red light on north­bound St. Charles Parkway. When the light fi­nally turned green, we didn’t move im­me­di­ately, and it’s a good thing we didn’t. Be­fore we could move into the in­ter­sec­tion, we saw three cars in the left turn lane turn left in front of us to go east on Billings­ley Road. If we had moved im­me­di­ately into the in­ter­sec­tion, we would have been hit. I don’t know if they got the green light at the same time as we did, or if they just lost the green turn ar­row with the light still red. In any case, it’s clear that there needs to be some en­force­ment there if the lights are syn­chro­nized cor­rectly. Cam­eras would help, but a po­lice pres­ence at peak hours for awhile to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion would be a great help. I can’t see any valid rea­son for most of th­ese ac­ci­dents other than im­pa­tient driv­ers.

Ch­eryl Al­li­son, Wal­dorf

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