Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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May 24, 2014

A positive minute: Stop! A lesson from traffic laws

I was driving south on North East Street (sounds like a contradiction) the other morning when I noticed a vehicle had come up behind me rather fast.

I further noticed that as I would make a complete stop at the stop signs, the motorist behind me did not stop at the signs.

I have seen that several times. A motorist makes a complete stop and the motorist behind him did not stop appearing to be signaling that since I was the second vehicle and the guy in front stopped, then I don’t have to as I have already stopped behind him.

Well, that’s not the way it works. Pardon me for a moment as I change my forte from being a columnist to, once again, assuming the role of my previous profession of law enforcement. First of all the driver’s license is not a right but, a privilege because the state in which you live gave a test; you passed, drivers license issued.

The drivers license gives us the opportunity to drive according to the laws of the state in which we live and to obey all traffic rules wherever we may drive. A stop sign means STOP. A good rule of thumb is the three second rule, and if two vehicles meet at the intersection at the same time, yielding to the vehicle to the right is a good thing.

If a person’s license has been suspended, DON’T drive. If caught, a ticket will be issued and the vehicle will be towed, unless you are in Texas where we towed the vehicle and the driver went to jail and remained there until a one thousand dollar bond could be paid.

One way streets mean one way. Don’t try to drive against the traffic, even in parking lots where it is obvious it is meant as a one way passage.

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