By Letter to the Editor on March 14, 2018.
Let’s face it, driving in Lethbridge is dangerous. It’s not just the road conditions, but drivers as well. I know that my driving habits are not the best. I go faster than I should and sometimes make stupid moves, where I get honked at.
The big problem I see in this city is lack of respect for driving rules. Forget about speeding, because everybody is in a hurry, except the people that don’t know the speed limits. Right turns on a red light or stop sign are done on the fly. There is no enforcement, so why bother slowing down or stopping? If you cut someone off, they will slow down, because they don’t want to hit you.
Running lights is another aspect that lacks enforcement. When traffic waits a long time at lights and there is a lineup, when the light changes to orange there are usually three or four cars still going through, especially on Second Avenue “A” North and Stafford Drive as well as westbound Crowsnest trail and Stafford Drive. You are waiting for those cars to go past as you are on green.
In some streets where there is a parking area by a business, they consider the street part of the parking lot and pull out or back out without looking. On the streets with no markings, cars take the centre line and will not move to their side if the street is wide enough. You just get squeezed into the parked cars unless you want an accident.
It’s just not as relaxing driving in this city any more.
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