Driving slower often makes sense

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I agree with letter writer Steve Kohn that there is indeed much folly going on in all lanes on almost every road, everywhere, by all types of drivers ("Selfish local drivers need to wise up," Sept. 13).

But would any responsible driving instructor, law enforcement officer or parent recommend to anyone that they speed up when there are too many cars (and "selfish drivers") on the road? Why is there such outrage directed toward those of us who drive not "selfishly," but safely?

It is precisely because of all the folly and selfishness going on out there that all drivers, in both the right-hand and left-hand lanes, should be encouraged to drive the speed limit or less, as conditions warrant. A driver in the left-hand lane, driving the posted speed limit (gasp!), could be - incredibly, I know - considered a circumstance that warrants others behind slowing down. What is selfish about this?

Susan Pitts, Augusta

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mojoinaugusta 09/18/07 - 08:21 pm
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This is how your view should

This is how your view should appear - if not please move to the right hand lane!

usarmycwo
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usarmycwo 09/18/07 - 09:02 pm
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I'm the one who wrote the

I'm the one who wrote the original letter. Glad to see it's raised some discussion. Two days after the letter appeared, I saw a pickup stay in the left lane for about 5 miles with a Civic so close behind it I thought for a while it was being towed. An SUV in the right lane stayed even with the pickup, not allowing the Civic to pass. I slowed way down, to avoid the certain crash. It ended, though, with the pickup eventually moving to the right lane and making a right turn. Was this three friends playing a game, or an example of stupidity and selfishness? Friends, I'd like to emphasize two things: 1. The driver's manual of GA itself says we shouldn't be in the left lane unless we're passing or about to make a left turn. Those who keep bringing up the 55 mph speed limit are missing the point. 2. I'm convinced our bad drivers just don't know the rules of the road. Some are vigilantes or selfish, but most, I think, just don't know what's right. What's needed is for our local newspaper and TV stations to educate us. That might happen if more of us ask for it. So yes, let's vent on this forum, but also, yes, let's write to the media and ask for help teaching us how to drive.

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usarmycwo 09/18/07 - 09:05 pm
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One more thing, and I am not

One more thing, and I am not making this up: On last night's commute home (which is on a newly constructed stretch of straight 4-lane highway that doesn't have much traffic), I passed a large SUV. Yup, the SUV was in the left lane, doing about 50 mph. Looking over, I saw a white teenager driving and a middle-aged woman who was probably his mother in the passenger's seat. It looked like some driver's ed was taking place. Is this how it all starts? One driver who drives badly teaching another how to drive badly? After I passed the SUV, I saw in the rear view mirror a tangle of cars and an 18-wheeler behind him, and soon enough, one by one, he was passed by them. It's not a safe situation when an 18-wheeler passes you in the right lane. Why is this normal around here?

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