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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

More than a courtesy, signaling means safety

To The Daily: Has everyone forgotten what they learned when they took their driver exam? Using the turn signal to change lanes or to turn seems to be a forgotten law. I canít count the number of times people have cut in front of me at high rates of speed on the interstate, without first using their turn signal to let me know. They almost cause a collision that could be avoided by simply letting me know that they are going to change lanes.

It is not just on the interstate, though. It seems to happen everywhere. I, and Iím sure other drivers who always use their turn signals because it is the law and want to avoid being rear-ended, are becoming frustrated and angered by those people. They seem to be simply too lazy or ignorant to drive safely and follow what they know is the proper procedure to change lanes or turn on to another street.

I know the drivers who refuse to drive with common courtesy will continue to cut in front of me without using their turn signals, they will continue to cause accidents and they will continue to break the law. It seems there is nothing that can be done about it. I just hope I donít die because someone refuses to let me know that they are changing lanes or turning on to another road ahead of me.

David L. Reed
Somerville

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