I heartily agree with Philip Sterdt's letter of July 28, "Motorists can reduce accidents by obeying the laws." In my opinion, the drivers on Florida roads are among the worst in the nation.
But it is not only Florida residents causing the problems. We have visitors from all over the country, as well as those from foreign countries, contributing to the danger by ignoring our traffic laws as they drive on our roads and highways.
Whenever I'm driving on Interstate 75 and doing the speed limit, many cars are passing me as if I am standing still. Even if I am in the right lane and doing the speed limit, a car will usually begin tailgating me in an effort to push me to exceed the speed limit instead of trying to pass me safely on the left.
Florida also has an incredible number of "hit and runs." We read about them in the paper nearly every day.
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My vehicle was recently hit as it was parked while I was shopping. Whoever did it simply drove away! When I came out of the store and saw the damage, I was incredulous. KMart has no cameras in the lot, so there was no way to determine who did the damage.
I believe many of the drivers who commit these "hit and runs" are doing so because they are driving illegally without car insurance and run to avoid the responsibility and consequences.
Three of my grandchildren recently obtained their driver's licenses, and I am actually afraid for their safety as they will now be at risk, along with the rest of us responsible drivers because of those who flout our traffic laws. These irresponsible drivers need to realize that not only are their actions putting their own lives at risk, but the lives of innocent responsible drivers .