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LETTER: Smart drivers can improve safety on highways

Motorists were being told to takes the exit leading to Makinsons Monday afternoon due to a serious two-vehicle accident.
Motorists were being told to takes the exit leading to Makinsons Monday afternoon due to a serious two-vehicle accident.

The daily commute to and from work and driving for a living is becoming increasingly dangerous around the Avalon and in our province.

With all the recent tragic accidents, people are blaming the roads and the government, but we have to accept our share as well.

How many of us have done the following — speed, tailgate, use our phones, eat, drive on top of the yellow line, not turn on lights when it's foggy or raining, pass on solid lines, not use turn signals, use cruise control in the snow and rain (which allows wheels to keep spinning and causes loss of control) and drive tired.

I recently saw a woman in a black Jeep Compass pull a U-turn by North River just in front of me on the Veterans. Coming from Mount Pearl by Ruth Avenue in a construction zone with 50 km/h and no passing signs, a guy passed me in a Young Drivers of Canada car!

Most days I drive to Bay de Verde and every day someone will pass me on solid line roads, around turns, by school zones and up hills. It's just crazy!

We are all in a big rush all the time.

We know the roads aren't great.

We know the weather causes unsafe conditions.

We know wildlife is a danger.

Anyone with a pulse can get a license in an hour.

We need better and continuous driving education. You can get that license at 16 and you're good till death do you part. I know my reflexes and eyesight are not as good as when I was 16. Retesting one's ability every five years should be mandatory.

More police presence at peak driving times is needed to help crack down on most of the bad driving habits.  

In the end, the one person that will look out for you is you.

Drive safe and God bless you, myself and our loved ones.

— Jason Morgan writes from Spaniard's Bay

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