Letters to the Editor

Drivers ignore laws at whim

Why does South Carolina have this law of turning right on red when nobody pays attention to the law? The law states you may turn right on red after coming to a complete stop, checking both ways to make sure it is safe to turn and then proceeding with caution. I almost hit three cars today because all they did was slow down and then pull right out in front of me.

This reminds me of the woman in North Carolina who was pulled over by a state trooper and was cited for running a red light. She said, "But officer, we can turn right on red." To which the officer replied, "But lady, you are supposed to come to a complete stop." To which she replied, "Well, I slowed down." To which in turn the officer replied, "What if I hit you with my baton every 10 seconds and you say, 'Stop,' and I slow down to hitting you once every 30 seconds?" THEN she understood the word stop.

If the law is not going to be obeyed and enforced, why don't we just get rid of all the stop signs, yield signs and traffic lights? The person who gets to the intersection and blows his horn first has the right of way. If an accident occurs, the drivers involved duke it out and whoever loses the fight has to pay for the damages.

Either start enforcing the law or just take it off the books.

The writer lives in Little River.