I usually get few responses from driving-related letters so I tossed “gun” in there to get your attention. I guess that is due to the majority’s interest in shooting over obeying traffic laws?
Highway 12 is a road by which we travel but the road is not the problem. Highway 12, much like guns, doesn’t kill people, idiots do. I have driven that road in cars and trucks a thousand times and had my share of close calls. There needs to be improvements but that alone isn’t enough.
Driver education is lacking thanks to parents exhibiting inept “skills” while their kids are the captive audience. There is no end to the stupidity we see every day from people sanctimoniously trashing the California Vehicle Code as they blindly hurtle their 5,000-pound weapon down the road. I spoke with a parent at my grandkid’s school recently, complaining about a woman speeding by as he was helping his little girl out of the car. He gestured like “really?” and the woman flipped him off!
Parents: What are you doing? You are dashing through residential and school zones with your own child and recklessly endangering others? You are complete imbeciles and need to be addressed as this gentleman and I discussed. Our roads certainly need work, but all the safety nets, all the education and beautiful asphalt will do nothing unless we have cops in large enough numbers to cite these dunces who careen through our cities while performing unsafe passing on rural roads.
So go ahead and make the improvements, but first get these offenders on the same page. We can generate a LOT of revenue and make folks more aware with zero tolerance, full-time traffic divisions that will keep us safer in the interim.
By the way, the speed limit on Highway 12 is 55 mph. I drive that speed out there so when you come up on me, back off or safely go around without the “salute,” thank you.