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Viewer Responses: Drive Right, Pass Left

 

Duh!!!! Pretty basic stuff.  This is a real problem everywhere.

Mary Cox

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To my knowledge there is still a traffic law on the books inNorth Carolina that a driver must keep right unless passing a slower vehicle or preparing to make a left turn within (I think?) 300 feet. This law is not being enforced. It is not only an issue of drivers being unaware of this law, but also an issue of law enforcement either being ignorant of the law or just being ignorant by not enforcing it. The lack of enforcement of the "slower traffic keep right" law contributes greatly to the "aggresive driving" that is rampant on the streets and highways, which in turn result in accidents. (I feel that if an aggresive driver gets in a wreck, it's not an accident; it's an assault.)

Education, enforcement and compliance could surely help alleviate the problem not only here but on every highway.

Thank you for the opportunity to express my thoughts on this issue.

Terry King

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Thanks for the reminder.  If folks would just use a few simple guidelines w/ driving, traffic would be safer and flow better.

Stan Sherman

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I THINK THE SUGGESTION IS FINE, BUT IT IS JUST COMMON SENSE. LET ME SHARE SOME INSIGHT WITH YOU ON HOW PEOPLE GO ABOUT DRIVING  HERE IN WILMINGTON- 1.WHEN YOU ARE AT A RED LIGHT, REMEMBER THE ONLY ONE WHO REALLY HAS TO GET THROUGH THE INTERSECTION WHEN THE LIGHT TURNS GREEN IS THE PERSON IN THE FRONT CAR (WHO IS EITHER TALKING ON THE PHONE OR LOOKING FOR SOMETHING IN THE BACK SEAT).

2.FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO DON' T WORK EVERY DAY,THEY NEED TO MAKE SURE THEY GET OUT AND DO ALL THEIR ERRANDS FOR THE DAY AT MORNING, MIDDAY, AND EVENING RUSH HOURS AS THIS WILL HELP RELIEVE TRAFFIC CONGESTION.

3.WHEN YOU HAVE TO LEAVE YOUR HOUSE TO GO SOMEWHERE-MAKE SURE YOU PLAN YOUR DRIVING ROUTE MAKING ALL LEFT HAND TURNS, ACROSS TRAFFIC, AND TRY TO AVOID TRAFFIC SIGNALS AS THESE ARE A WASTE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS.

4.WHEN APPROACHING AN INTERSECTION AND THERE IS AN 18 WHEELER OR SCHOOL BUS STOPPED AT THE FRONT OF THE LINE MAKE SURE YOU GET INTO THE OPEN LANE AND WATCH YOUR REARVIEW MIRROR TO SEE ALL THE OTHER TRAFFIC FOLLOW YOUR LEAD TO GET "AHEAD" OF THE "SLOWER" BUS OR TRUCK. THEN WHEN THE LIGHT TURNS GREEN REMEMBER YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE WHO HAS TO GET THROUGH THE INTERSECTION, SO JUST POKE ALONG AND LET THE BUS OR TRUCK TAKE OFF IN THE LEAD. THIS WILL ENSURE NOT TOO MANY PEOPLE GET THROUGH THE INTERSECTION.

5.WHATEVER YOU DO-DO NOT USE THAT LITTLE HANDLE, USUALLY ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE OF THE STEERING WHEEL, TO LET OTHER DRIVERS KNOW YOUR INTENTIONS-IT' S BETTER TO KEEP THEM GUESSING.

6.ALWAYS LET SOMEONE TURNING LEFT ONTO MARKET STREET THAT IS NOT AT AN INTERSECTION CUT ACROSS ALL TRAFFIC LANES EVEN IF YOU HAVE TO HALT EVERYBODY BEHIND YOU TO DO IT, AS THIS IS VERY SAFE.

 

AGAIN THIS IS JUST MY OBSERVATION! THANK YOU FOR LISTENING,

SCOTT OXENDINE

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It seems that mostly younger drivers (40 and under)  in and around Wilmington think the laws and rules do not apply to them.  And, I believe the biggest problem with the accidents in Wilmingtonrunning stop signs and red lights, stems from this.  But, running stop signs and red lights is not limited to the younger driver, as older drivers have been cited or implicated. 

 

        When the discussion comes up about "running red lights" (and stop signs, about the same), people are not shy about saying, "yes, I ran a red light."  I have heard talk of this on local talk radio.  In particular, they have discussed the "red light cameras," saying they have received a ticket by mail indicating they ran the red light.  And, most act as if, "so what, like everybody does it."  Of course, they have to pay the fine, which they don't seem to mind.

 

        What I don't understand is:  Why would anyone intentionally run a red light or stop sign?  Obviously they do not understand that it can kill you (the driver) and/or other people.  That is stupid!!!!  By the way, I have heard a local talk show host (radio - early, early morning) say he has received several $50.00 red light camera tickets.  ????

 

        And speaking of the red light cameras, AAA has just done a study which shows there has been no significant decline in the number of red-light-runners with the use of the cameras.  The cameras are only keeping the camera owners rich with a small part going local.

 

My thoughts.                                                                                                                            

Pat

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Thank you so much for your commentary on people driving slow in the left lane! You have NO IDEA how many years I have been hoping someone would address this issue. Now if you could possibly have a daily reminder on the morning, afternoon and evening news EVERYDAY and also have the radio stations join in with this friendly reminder to move to the right lane we might actually begin to see a difference.

I would also like to point out, if people would GO when the light turns green, traffic would significantly decrease in a shorter period of time because more of us would be able to get through the light. The people in this town are notorious for leaving anywhere from 5 up to 10 car lengths in front of them when going through a green light. If they would only leave the sufficient one to 1.5 car lengths in front of them when moving through a green light, more cars would get through the light and get to where they are going sooner and off our small amount of roads sooner.

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!

Thank you,
Nicole Valentine

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My name is Ashly Autry and I live in Currie, NC.  I work and do all of my business in Wilmington and have been in this area for 2 years now.  When I first moved here from Raleigh I noticed that people drove a lot different than back home.  I am very glad that something is finally being done about this problem.  It is kind of hard to believe that it has taken this long for someone to do something.  While traveling up the new parkway and down Hwy 421 two or more times a day, I see a lot of violations and people whom just aren't paying much attention.  In my opinion, when you have a road with 3 or more lanes, it is only common sense to keep slower traffic to the right.  If you know your turn is coming, be in the appropriate lane to do so.  I have had a personal experience with drunk drivers on Wilmington’s roads.  This one, was going 40 mph in the left lane on College Rd. going from Monkey Junction to Wilmington, and I go to pass on the right (I know you shouldn't) and the people sped up to keep me from going around.  The kept that dangerous behavior up until we reached K-Mart area, and I called the local police.  I just think that people in Wilmington have nothing better do than eat, apply makeup, talk on the cell, dig in the floor board, etc.  You see all kinds of things on the roads in Wilmington, and I am personally glad that something will be done to the violators to keep us all more safe.  Thank you for taking the time to read my email, and off to work I go.  You all at WECT have a nice day and I will watch you tonight!  Thanks again, Ashly

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I think your recommendation to drive right, pass left is good.

But, I think there are other things that can be done.

The most important thing that is not being done is enforcing the laws.

We see speeding, passing on the right, passing in the center turn lane, passing on the right, tail gating, reckless driving, not using turn signals…………we see everything except police.  I believe that if we enough police presence and law enforcement then people will be forced to drive safer.

I was in Arizona recently; they have recently installed speed cameras, similar to our intersection cameras, to address their speeding problem.  At least they are doing something.

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That was the best topic I have heard lately. I just had to write. This has been a pet peeve of mine for a long while. It seems to me noone around here took Drivers Ed. Seldom does one use signals, the passing lane is taken by the phone talkers and Sunday drivers. To say nothing of pulling out in front of another....and crossing lanes.   Scary, you bet.

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