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Headlights on, phones off

I am usually not bothered by the idiosyncrasies of drivers on the road. However, what is really getting to me are these two habits: 1) Driving without the headlights on while driving on Highway 49 and/or when wipers are in use. (It is common sense that lights help us see better in any situation.) 2) Talking on a cell phone with phone in hand while “actively” driving, especially in traffic. (I do not take issue with emergency calls made from a moving car. But, animated chit-chat while “watching” the road with glazed eyes?)

Much public concern has been raised because of fatal and near-fatal accidents on local roads and increased traffic in town. There are many possible causes, but bad driving habits might have something to do with both of these concerns, as well. Defensive driving and focused attention to the road require common sense (that’s active thinking and seeing) and being considerate toward others. Please.

LindaLou Haines



Grass Valley


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