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An open letter to motorists of the Santa Clarita Valley

Posted: July 6, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 6, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Speeding, cellphone calling, texting, tail-gating arrogance, complete disregard for the other motorist and other numerous unsafe practices while driving that cause accidents — these have been my contention in many letters to the editor that I have submitted to The Signal.

This letter to the editor is an open letter to all the cynics out there who have ridiculed this speeding, cellphone-calling and texting epidemic that has been prevalent in Santa Clarita.

The people of Santa Clarita have ignored these situations for a very long time, and some of the posters who post their comments in the SCV Signal letter to the editor section have been relentless in ridiculing the other posters who have been concerned for the safety factor in Santa Clarita.

The main complaint from these cynical posters is that there are too many traffic signals, and their other petty complaint is that these traffic signals are not synchronized so they can speed to their destinations faster.

The motorists of Santa Clarita should be grateful that there are many traffic signals, no more or no less in other cities, which should keep the traffic speed under control. That seems to be a difficult goal to achieve.

Speedsters, stop and smell the roses. You live in a lovely city that has a lot to offer in living a good and safe life.

Don’t jeopardize these amenities by speeding and being careless in the way you drive.

Better to be safe than sorry.



BrianBaker: Posted: July 6, 2014 9:29 a.m.

"The main complaint from these cynical posters is that there are too many traffic signals..."

No, the main complaint is that your LTEs are poorly written rants. Here's a great example:

"The motorists of Santa Clarita should be grateful that there are many traffic signals, no more or no less in other cities...".

Really? So, we have the same number of traffic signals as LA city? "No more or no less"?

That's an utterly inane statement.

And things like that are why your LTEs are generally mocked and ridiculed in this forum.

Nitesho: Posted: July 6, 2014 10:12 a.m.

At least this LTE is more fact based than what that thing...that internet troll...Betty posted a couple of weeks ago.

BBennetts: Posted: July 6, 2014 12:34 p.m.

Where is 'projalice' to weigh in on this?

Nitesho: Posted: July 6, 2014 1:54 p.m.

Projalice is the author

"Bingo" --edited.

chefgirl358: Posted: July 6, 2014 2:47 p.m.

None of the posters ridicule anyone besides you on YOUR letters except for you Lois/Projalice. You say nasty things to EVERYONE who disagrees with you, generally going off on bizarre tirades with name calling, things like BINGO! BINGO! BINGO!, inane posters, and then you'll launch into a confused tangent about Obama, republicans, traffic rules, mailbox heights, manners, cell phones, crosswalks, and multiple other topics - none of which relate to the subject at hand, or gives a logical, well-versed, coherent argument or display of facts.

I truly truly believe that you need to be submitted to the DMV for re-exam. You seem to be unable to deal with the daily habits, rules, and stresses of basic driving skills, as well as having issues with the various lifestyles (loud music, speaking even hands free on the phone, etc) of the average motorists. People break laws every day, all of the time. When they're fairly minor in nature (traffic violations) , nobody cares, especially because almost all of us do it. If they're serious in nature, dial 911 and report it. Otherwise, mind your own business and get on with your life. Like most parents tell their kids many times; quit worrying about what they're doing, you just concentrate on what YOU'RE doing and mind your own business.

Nitesho: Posted: July 6, 2014 3:17 p.m.


Now that deserves a BINGO!

Jake: Posted: July 6, 2014 8:51 p.m.

Honestly, people texting while driving is out of control. But I don't see the other things on your list (speeding, tail gating, etc.) enough where it's much of an issue.

The one thing that people do constantly, that you left off of your list, is drive under the speed limit. For example, the speed limit on McBean, from where it hits Magic Mountain Parkway, north past Newhall Ranch Road, and continuing north from there is actually 50 mph. But the most common speed I see through that area is from 37 mph to about 42.

Are you one of those people driving that slow, Lois, so you can "smell the roses"? Please, smell them as much as you want, as long as you're not creating a problem for someone else.

Also, Bouquet Canyon has a speed limit of 50 mph as well which I think would surprise many people.

Pay attention folks.

ricketzz: Posted: July 7, 2014 9:00 a.m.

Remember the insurance companies have undercover autos making notes of bad drivers' license plates, to cross check against rolls of the insured. Big Brother is watching.

AlwaysRight: Posted: July 7, 2014 11:05 a.m.

Besides the cell phone issues, is it really any worse? I remember many years ago, the same problems existed (speeding, tail-gating, etc). Maybe its just that as we age, we are more sensitive to it?

For me, I just need to remember to not assume the worst of other drivers, stay calm, and let the nutballs roar past on the way to their certain doom....

jpsval: Posted: July 7, 2014 2:07 p.m.

chefgirl has hit the nail on the head; "concentrate on what YOU'RE doing and mind your own business." We all learned (or should have) to drive defensively and I believe that is the key. Why get into a incident or even a road rage situation with someone you don't know or probably will never see again. If a driver thinks a text or email is more important than keeping eyes on driving then it is so very important to drive defensively; understand you will not be able to change their minds or stop them because "Stupid is as stupid does." Like AlwaysRight says; "stay calm, and let the nutballs roar past on the way to their certain doom...."

tech: Posted: July 7, 2014 2:10 p.m.

Coincidently, there's a Signal article on that topic, AR.

Fewer wrecks this Fourth of July weekend

Lotus8: Posted: July 8, 2014 1:30 p.m.

Look Lois. The drivers in our valley are no worse than anywhere else in Southern California. I commute to work and see people on the 5 reading the newspaper or a book on their steering wheels, ladies putting on eyeliner or brushing their hair, guys shaving, and all other manner of things that make me shake my head. I wish people would cut this stuff out just like you do, but let's not make this an issue that is confined to our city alone.

My biggest driving complaint centers around folks not being in the appropriate lane, as in folks sitting in the fast lane on the freeway doing the speed limit. These folks think that they have the right to be in that lane and everyone else can just deal with the fact that he/she is making the road a safer place. Well, in fact, he/she is creating an unsafe situation. These log jams cause impatient drivers to weave around trying to find an opening and forces people going 70+ over into the right hand lanes. If everyone would simply stay right except to pass the freeways would move much more smoothly and these logjam situations wouldn't create dangerous situations.

AlwaysRight: Posted: July 8, 2014 1:54 p.m.

Lotus- amen. I don't think this is taught in driver's ed anymore.

tech: Posted: July 8, 2014 2:09 p.m.

When I drive in states that enact and enforce the right lane except to pass statute, traffic flow does indeed improve. It's a courtesy that competent and rational drivers employ.

This is the rule on the Autobahn as well.

chefgirl358: Posted: July 8, 2014 2:38 p.m.

Lotus, totally agree! I hate when people decide to enforce the speed limit on their own. Get the hell out of the #1 lane!

calnca: Posted: July 8, 2014 3:12 p.m.

ricketzz: Remember the insurance companies have undercover autos making notes of bad drivers' license plates, to cross check against rolls of the insured. Big Brother is watching.

Seriously? Are you really twisted enough to believe that? I've been in the insurance industry for my entire career, working for a carrier in underwriting and have NEVER heard of such a thing. There are enough easy ways to cull out unwanted drivers/risks that we don't have to resort to that.

chefgirl358: Posted: July 8, 2014 4:52 p.m.

calnca, thank you for the info! lol, I thought that sounded pretty far fetched.

tech: Posted: July 8, 2014 10:12 p.m.

"Seriously? Are you really twisted enough to believe that?" - calnca

Why, yes. Yes he is.

calnca: Posted: July 9, 2014 12:47 p.m.

Ha Ha.........can only imagine he's one of the bozo's I see all the time that can't seem to master the use of a turn signal....."I KNOW where I'm going, why should I give anyone else a clue"......

SingleMomOfOne: Posted: July 15, 2014 12:58 a.m.

A speed limit is just that a limit...not a mandate...ever think that maybe someones car is old and travelling as fast as it can go, up a hill or in the heat? There could be more to things than what they appear...

I also drive the speed limit on the highway in the #2 lane...avoid the slow lane to stay away from others merging in and off the freeway...I for one do not appreciate some hack who feels his time is more precious than mine sceaming past at 80 mph who is invariably passed by me farther up the road while they are stuck in all the heavy traffic with all the other speed demons and lane changers...we all have someplace to be, why not slow down and get there in one piece...

tech: Posted: July 18, 2014 7:59 p.m.

I'm a highly skilled driver and don't fit your caricature, SingleMom. 80 mph isn't "screaming". It's cruising speed. :-D

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