Residents in Beaufort County complain about traffic congestion. When solutions like traffic circles and designated crosswalks are installed, some want to go back to “the good old days.”
As a retired firefighter/EMT, I have awful memories of injury and death, most caused by drivers who didn’t care to know or follow the law.
The appropriate answer to tragedy is taking personal responsibility for operating a vehicle — not avoiding it.
Every driver’s responsibility is to stay current with changes in the law. Do you know the right of way rules for a traffic circle? Have you stopped when a pedestrian entered a crosswalk without a traffic light?
We don’t need to take out traffic circles or put up traffic lights. Drivers need to know and obey the law and take the privilege of driving seriously.
Anthony R. DePaolo
Hilton Head Island
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