To the editor:
After nearly being hit, twice in one day, by drivers turning out to the furthest lane at intersections where I had the right of way, I have lost all patience with Lawrence’s “make-it-up-as-you-go” drivers. What became of respect for others on the road and for the law? How did Lawrence, supposedly such a great place to live, become a place governed by opportunism, where erratic behavior is OK as long as someone can get away with it? There is no excuse for such blatant disregard for decency in our driving behaviors.
I have names for all of the new driving styles: “swingers” (those who’ve forgotten the “turn-into-the-nearest-lane from-a-side-street” rule), “gliders” (those who glide smoothly into turn lanes without signaling and use them as another driving lane), “weavers,” “knitters” and “crocheters” (the varieties of lane-changing methods used by impatient drivers to pass those going too slow for their taste). Overall, “fast and reckless” seems to be the new motto for Lawrence drivers.
Historically, city decision-makers will look the other way until a dangerous situation results in a death. Who, and how many, will have to die before Lawrence law enforcement cracks down on Lawrence drivers?