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Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:31 am, Thu Dec 27, 2012.

For more than one year I have been concerned about our driving habits in Lodi, and wonder if this is a problem for others.

Last year, I watched from the left turn lane as a young fellow walked out into the intersection in the cross-walk, as a driver intending to turn left kept coming in his direction. Much to my fear, surprise and astonishment, the young man was hit by the right front fender of the car and ended up rolling to the edge of the curb; neither the driver nor the pedestrian saw each other. He did not appear to be badly hurt, but the episode caused me great concern since I was helpless and had to watch this affair to its completion from a front-row center seat.

In the months that follow, there seems to be a prevalence of dark gray and black attire on bike riders, walkers, joggers and skateboard enthusiasts. From dusk to dark, it is nearly impossible to see a person disguised in dark garments even in a well-lit intersection. Why this desire to go incognito?

With so many more drivers, pedestrians, bikers, etc., on the road, it becomes more fearful to be the rock venturing out into an intersection where one might encounter the glass jar. Whatever happens, it's not so good for the glass jar!

Sometimes we drivers are distracted with our cellphones, our text messaging, our CDs and radios, the child in the back seat needing an animal cookie or whatever, so you who are more vulnerable, watch out for us. (I even saw a bus driver reading from an 8-by-11-inch sheet of paper while turning a corner recently.)

Even though the ultimate responsibility becomes the driver's, please don't entrust your life to us. Don't walk or ride into that crosswalk unless you have your eye on drivers. We just might not see you. Consider "the color white while out at night" or reflectors on your clothing. The life you keep protected might just be your own.

Thomas E. Barnett

Lodi

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2 comments:

  • Robert Jacobs posted at 8:38 am on Sat, Dec 29, 2012.

    Robert Jacobs Posts: 298

    People who drive are in a hurry to get no where or to kill someone! You cannot just drive the speed limit or below because almost all drivers are angry because you are not driving at break neck speeds like everyone else or like they are! After all they are the only people on the road and the only people who matter, right? LOL

    I have not gotten a ticket in over twenty years in either my car or the big rig I drive. And I have only had one accident in my life. It was my fault I did not yield to on coming traffic while turning left because I was distracted tuning the FM radio in my car! I was young, only 21 years old. I learned a rather cheap lesson that day! No one was hurt either.

    But I never have nor will I ever follow someone at 60mph two car lengths behind them and expect to be able to stop or even change lanes if the person in front of me stopped suddenly! I don't cut people off, I don't try to get my exit from the number one lane (fast lane) by cutting across three or four lanes of traffic! I don't come right up on the bumper of the car in front of me as to intimidate them into driving faster! I go around them long before I get to them.

    Driving is a joy for me, but so many people seem not to enjoy driving as its just a way to get from A to B and they are willing to kill anyone and everyone to get there just as fast as they can!

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 10:44 am on Fri, Dec 28, 2012.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 1904

    I cycle and walk/jog all over. My exercise clothing is all brightly colored. But I can tell you bright clothes are no match for a hot coffee or texting cell phone in the drivers hands. Or just being in a hurry. More than once I have had drivers come uncomfotably close to me because they are in to big of hurry to stay in their own lanes. This is especially bad when I want to turn left on my bicycle and a car is turning left across the front of me. I have had to dive to the curb often cause the driver cut the corners so tight.

     

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