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A special salute to discourteous drivers

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I would like to give a thank you to the "special" drivers who come home on Ray Gibbon Drive each day and help keep my driving skills keen. Let me explain that the part of the road I am speaking of is coming off the Anthony Henday heading north towards Holes on the Ray Gibbon Drive where it goes from two lanes to one. Everyone knows the right lane ends yet lots of aggressive drivers go right to the very end of the lane, then just start moving over, causing the people in the left lane to hit the brakes.

There are some people who legitimately get caught by surprise when the lane ends and I am not speaking about them. The drivers I want to thank are the ones who know the lane will end and go like they are late for a funeral, rushing past all the patient drivers and forcing their way in at the last possible minute expecting everyone to let them in.

Each time one of these "special" drivers does this, it causes all the courteous drivers in the left lane to hit the brakes, which causes a chain reaction of drivers hitting their brakes and slows traffic back for quite some distance.

If everyone just got in the left lane prior to the 137 Avenue lights, traffic would move much smoother and there would be less horn honking and fewer "salutes." For those of you who are late for those funerals and are more important than the rest of us lined up in the left lane and fully intend to keep up your aggressive driving habits, have a nice day. Yeah, right!

Frank Campbell, St. Albert


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