(In response to yesterday’s post of PD enforcing the law on River Avenue, a reader submitted the following comment). I want to personally thank the LPD for enforcing the following driving habits which i see all too often, and endangers my life and the life of my passengers. I hope I do not see any comments about “anti semitism”. These cops are doing their jobs and enforcing traffic and safety laws. 1. Running Red Lights. 2. Cross the railroad tracks when the lights are still flashing, after the train has passed – you MUST wait for the lights to go off before you proceed, just because the train has gone by does not mean you are allowed to run what is essentially a red light
3. Doing a “Rolling Stop”, that is not coming to a complete stop at a stop sign, or stopping past the stop sign – you MUST come to a complete stop at the stop sign, not just slow down, and not stop after the sign. I cringe every time i come to a complete stop at the sign, and i see the car behind me nearly ram into be because he wasn’t expecting me to actually obey the law.
4. Having children in the front seat, belted or other wise, having children without the proper car seat or restraint for their age and size, or my personal favorite, a minivan doing car pool that seats 7, yet somehow has 11 children in the back. How can anyone take ANY short cut when it comes to the safety of our children? It shocks and disgusts me how often i see these practices
5. Stopping in the middle of the road to pickup a hitch hiker. We wont discuss the legality of hitching, but the practice of SLAMMING on your brakes in middle of the road to pick someone up endangers YOU, ME and the hitcher
6.Racing down sunset to make minyan. I routinely see cars doing 50-60 MPH and race into the parking lot of the shul at 7:02, 8:02 etc, clearly they are rushing because minyan has started. I GUARANTEE you hashem will give you no credit for that minyan if you endangered yourself and others to get to it.
There are many others, but for now, this is my list, feel free to add to it so we can remind each other about the safe way to drive.