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Where is common sense and courtesy?

July 5, 2013
Shepherdstown Chronicle

When an excessive outflow of traffic calls for a traffic cop, is it not common sense to rotate traffic? Did we not learn in kindergarten and as youngsters to "take turns?"

Recently, when the fireworks let out at Sam Michaels Park, traffic was brought to a complete standstill while the entire park was cleared out, down to the very last fire truck! I was one of the poor suckers caught in that standstill for a good 40 minutes while heading home from work with a carload of perishable groceries. Silly question I know, but why wasn't traffic rotated? Is there a new law that firework attendees take precedence?

What's more, because traffic was brought to a complete standstill, many cars made awkward and harrowing u-turns which could have caused an accident or more problems, but when you have been brought to a complete standstill without consideration or guidance, can you blame drivers for making that choice?

When it comes to traffic congestion, common sense and courtesy would dictate that traffic be rotated so that no one gets the short end of the stick. Let's hope that scenarios like this can be prevented in the future.

Shelley A. Neuhalfen

Shenandoah Junction

 
 
 

 

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