Archive for Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Unaware drivers

January 20, 2009


Editor's note: Today's letters to the editor are from Southwest Junior High students learning about persuasive writing.

To the editor:

Have you ever been behind an unaware, distracted, hazardous, slow or just bad driver? Have you ever been late or in an accident because of this person. I have and I am tired of it, and I am sure you are, too. When I go to Kansas City to do go to sports and such, even though we leave early I am still sometimes late because of numerous slow drivers.

I have seen a hazardous driver hit another car head-on causing it to flip. Luckily the driver of the car didn’t get any serious injuries. Some people say that you can always stop the problem because if you are concerned with slow drivers then you can just leave earlier. Sometimes however you can’t leave early.

I suggest that we make driving tests harder and every five years or so take it again. This will make accidents more avoidable and hopefully because of this fewer deaths will occur. Another thing we can do is to have more cops on the road looking for this behavior. I know I am not the only one who is for this idea so help me by trying to get it as a law.

Grayson Harris,

Southwest Junior High


matt5569 5 years, 2 months ago

I think this is a great idea Grayson! I lived in Lawrence for 27 years, now I live in a very rural area of Missouri. And I find myself wishing I was back in Lawrence sometimes because there are so many slow or just stupid drivers around here. Everyday I get stuck behind Joe Bob looking around at God knows what, like they have nowhere to be or anywhere to go. I unfortunately have to get to work on time, I already leave very early in the morning. Why should I have to give up my time at home just to be stuck behind Bubba for an hour while he's trying to count the cows in everyone's pasture. Either drive the speed limit or get out of the way! And when you pass them they think you just murdered someone. It's stupid. Anyway, sorry for the rant, just wanted to say I agree whole heartedly with you!


Ragingbear 5 years, 2 months ago

Grayson, your idea is noble but flawed. Such a system would take an already clogged DMV and turn it into a system so backed up that people will have no choice but to drive without a valid license. We don't have the money right now to expand or revamp the system either.


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