EDITORIAL: Traffic Safety is a Mutual Concern

Traffic in D.C. is horrendous, and there’s no Waze to escape it. Despite efforts by D.C. officials to make driving in D.C. safer, it’s clear that the growing number of self-absorbed, emboldened, stubborn drivers who refuse to obey the laws that protect all of us are continuing to ignore them.

They speed, run red lights, text and tweet, block intersections, jump lanes, and neglect to use turning signals all while blowing their horns, giving the finger or shouting expletives to antagonize drivers who share the road, but are perceived to be in their way.
Rush hour has expanded too. It’s now nearly all day, every day including Saturday and Sunday. Expanding lanes and widening bridges haven’t made a bit of difference, and in some cases, the traffic congestion has gotten considerably worst.

Sadly, automobile deaths are on the rise among pedestrians and bike riders in D.C., too. Worse, too many drivers have the audacity to crash into parked cars, hit pedestrians in the crosswalk, or bikers in their own bike lanes, and then keep on driving, hoping never to get caught.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is working on strategies to address these problems, as she attempts to determine what solutions there are short of eliminating traffic in downtown D.C. Her hope is that folks would use public transportation more often, especially the Metro, taxis, Uber or Lyft and that they will refrain from contributing to the congestion problems.

Not only will drivers be asked to give input on recommendations being considered to make our streets safer, they should also expect to see greater restrictions that will make driving in D.C. harder.

It’s become an issue of life and death!

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