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Traffic Talk: STAR drivers are needed on the road

Don Gammill: A challenge — to those who might think the highways are too crowded. Try this: drive the speed limit and stay in the right lane. Watch the road open up right before your eyes!”
By DON GAMMILL, The Oklahoman Published: March 18, 2013
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One of the great things about living in this country is you can express your opinion.

Another is that we don't have to agree.

We don't all have to go the same direction, even when we're going to the same place.

Debate leads to discussion, or discussion leads to debate, depending upon how you look at it. But open discussion can sure improve the final result.

Each week, someone will express his or her opinion on a transportation issue.

Mostly, I hear or read comments about traffic situations — a road that needs improvement, a slow traffic signal, a dangerous intersection ... or driving habits of others on the roadway.

There's always room for improvement, whether it's the drive, or the driver, and safety is a key component.

Here's a recommendation from a reader:

Ronald, the sender, calls these STAR drivers. I think you can see why.

“Dear Sir:

“The local traffic safety devices I like to see are STAR drivers.

“S — Sober — not under the influence of alcohol or drugs; showing mental and emotional balance.

“T — Thoughtful — attentive and considerate.

“A — Alert — observant and careful.

“R — Responsible — able to distinguish between right and wrong and to think and act rationally.

“No doubt STARs have a driver's license, current license tag and compulsory insurance. A challenge — to those who might think the highways are too crowded. Try this: drive the speed limit and stay in the right lane. Watch the road open up right before your eyes!”

Thanks, Ronald.

Definitely things to think about.

By the way ...

A little common sense can take you a long way, too.

Enjoy your week and drive safely.


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