Letters to the Editor

Drivers cause accidents | LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor:

I read with interest your article about the “notorious Freeland intersection.”

I shook my head sympathetically as I read about “one of the south end’s most dangerous intersections.” I nodded my head knowingly as I read about the “intersection known for its extremely limited visibility.”

Yes, obviously this thing, this place, this source of so many accidents, this intersection needs to be fixed.

Then I read that they (the drivers) didn’t see each other.

Then I read that one of the drivers failed to stop at a stop sign.

Then I read that not only was that driver was cited for failure to stop at the stop sign, but also for driving on a suspended license.

So, I’m left to wonder, what is the real problem? A bad intersection or drivers who either cannot or will not take responsibility for their own actions?

As a society, we put a lot of stock in trying to fix problems by blaming inanimate objects rather than expecting people to do what is required of them by law or common sense.

You could put a clown waiving flares at that intersection and it would not make people drive more safely until they decide to do so.

Andrew Mellors


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