2000-12-23 / Letters

Rockaway’s Right Turn

Dear Editor;

This will serve as a guide to making the "Rockaway" right turn.

First of all this is only permitted while driving on any side street between 149 street and Beach 116 street from Beach Channel drive to Rockaway Beach boulevard. The instructions are simple to follow, as you will see.

When approaching the stop sign located at the corner of the intersection you must remember that it does not pertain to you the driver, it is only there because the Department of Transportation needed to put something in the hole they dug at that location.

Second, let your foot up on the gas pedal but by all means do not remove it totally, and do not even think about touching the brake pedal. This would be improper action while making the "Rockaway right turn."

Now comes the easy part. While looking left, turn the steering wheel to the right as you make your turn onto the avenue. Do not at any time look to the right for other cars or glance at the sidewalk either way left or right for any pedestrians, especially children. If they are in the way that’s their problem, not yours. I mean really, what is the value of a hip, an arm or a life when compared to the importance of wherever it is you are going to.

This next step will take some very good reflexes on your part. If, for some reason there is a car coming when you glance to the left you must be able to immediately step on the gas pedal and keep some distance between you and the approaching car. You cannot at any time let this car go before you make your turn. This will delay your venture in a way that cannot be corrected and valuable seconds will be lost forever.

As you can see this is not complicated at all. In fact, this is directed to the very few who do not know the procedure yet. To those I say this, just think about it. You can get from here to there, so to speak, without ever stopping. So go out and practice, practice.

DR. JOHN MERINGOLO


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