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Let’s retest drivers to keep skills sharp

To the editor:

As I spend more and more time behind the wheel of my car, I am noticing more and more bad drivers. As someone who takes care to follow the rules of the road, I find the number of people who barrel down the road without regard for safety appalling.

It is a rare occurrence if I can go through a day of driving without being cut off by another driver at an intersection, feeling blinded by someone who doesn’t bother to switch off their brights as they approach traffic, or swerving to avoid a collision with a vehicle crossing the center line as the driver taps out a text message on his cell phone.

With winter months here, accidents are becoming more and more frequent and the number of cars pulled over by police has skyrocketed.

Enforcement of the rules of the road is already pretty harsh, but people just don’t seem to be getting the message. Something needs to be done to make people realize how dangerous it can be to drive carelessly. The heavy consequences for being caught disobeying the law don’t seem to be doing the job. To effectively wipe out bad driving, I believe that retaking your driving test should be mandatory at least once every 10 years.

If people were reminded of safe-driving habits, they might work harder in future to retain them, and the roads would be much safer, at least where other drivers are concerned.

Katie Burke


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