Over the past several weeks, I have read, with some amusement, several letters to the editor regarding "rolling stops" at traffic signals.
I am sure that many other Floridians, like myself who moved here from out of state, were required to take a driving test, which in my case was administered by the state police, to obtain their drivers license.
In addition, I first had to pass a written and oral test and have proof of having satisfactorily completed a mandatory driver's education course.
So much for the dark ages; however, I do not ever recall being told that red traffic lights or stop signs meant anything other than coming to a complete stop before proceeding.
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As an avid road biker, the pedal type, here in Bradenton, I can't begin to tell you the number of near misses I have encountered as a result of drivers inattention or doing rolling turns at traffic signals or stop signs.
If drivers come to a complete stop at traffic signals and stop signs, they don't have to worry about "Officer Camera and his Deputy Video" or paying a fine that might otherwise have found its way to a more charitable cause.
With the average U.S. car weight nearing 4,000 pounds, making a rolling stop at "10 mph or so" could result in serious body injury to a cyclist, pedestrian or another vehicle should an accident occur.
In the USA, in 2012, 33,561 people died in the more than 5.6 million police-reported traffic crashes. Maybe it's time for all Florida drivers to refresh their memory on the Florida driving statutes. I'm sure my memory could also stand a new download.
That's my take on "rolling stops."