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Fairport-E.Rochester Post
  • GUEST ESSAY: Attention, drivers — wake up and obey the law

  • Pay attention and care about your life and the lives of others out there with you. Nothing is so important that you have to risk lives to get there.

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  • This is to all the special people driving out there who care nothing for their own safety or that of the rest of us.
    1. If you are going to drive and use your cell phone at the same time, the fact you can own a car and cell phone means you can invest the $20 or less it will take to buy a hands-free Bluetooth device or a corded one if you can’t support Bluetooth. You may not think you are a danger to the rest of us, but we know you are.
    2. Texting while driving is out, so stop it. If you hear me beeping at you or you look up and see me motioning for you to stop texting, do so. Either that, or get off the road while you do your texting.
    3. Stop signs and stop lines in parking lots have exactly the same meaning, force of law and penalty for violation as they do out on the street. Ignoring them in parking lots is extremely dangerous to pedestrians. I witness this very often, and is a problem at the Wegmans stores and most other malls. Pay attention and stop: That means your wheels aren’t moving and you shouldn’t be racing pedestrians to get to the walkways.
    4. The speed limit is exactly that, it is the limit. It is not a required speed. Nor am I required to drive at the speed limit. There are minimum required speeds, and you should know what they are. If you persist in riding my bumper, flashing your lights, or honking your horn I will just slow down unless you back off. If for any reason you hit me from behind, you will be held responsible by the police and the insurance company. Is it really that important to get wherever you’re going five or 10 seconds sooner?
    5. Emergency vehicles with their lights flashing and sirens blaring should be given all the room they can be as they try to progress through traffic on their way to the emergency. New laws enacted and known as the “move over” laws require just that — so when you hear a siren or see flashing lights and it’s coming in your direction, move over all the way to the shoulder if you can and stop. On a recent day this fall a white SUV by a woman on a non-hands-free phone crossed the double yellow line on Ayrault Road going east near Clawsons market trying to pass me, another car and a school bus and nearly collided head-on with an ambulance. She nearly pushed me and the other car into the ditch in her panic to avoid the ambulance.
    Pay attention and care about your life and the lives of others out there with you. Nothing is so important that you have to risk lives to get there.
    Page 2 of 2 - Douglas Hunt is a Fairport resident.

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