2002-10-12 / Letters

Stop Dangerous Drivers

Stop Dangerous Drivers

Dear Editor;

My parked car was sideswiped on Beach Channel Drive at Beach 92nd Street last week by a hit and run coward. Fortunately, there was only property damage involved (for a lost side-view mirror and three scratched and creased side panels) totaling about $950.00. I am angry that I have to bear the loss out of my own pocket, but thankful there were no personal injuries, or deaths, involved.

The local police precinct needs to be made aware of the dangerous conditions presently existing along all the east-west streets of the peninsula. There are too many reckless drivers who are routinely passing on the right. This creates an extremely dangerous condition, particularly when the driving area of the roadway suddenly becomes narrowed by the presence of legally parked cars.

The area directly in front of McDonald's on Beach Channel Drive and 91st-92nd Street is one of the most dangerous -- as some drivers are already veering right to make the turn on to the bridge. The stretch of roadway from Beach 87th Street up to McDonald's is seldom used by parkers and hurried drivers get a false sense of security about the useable width of the road.

The continued practice of passing on the right, all too prevalent along the length of all four of our major arteries, should be stopped now by a massive ticket blitz. There is a disaster waiting to happen here. Had I been standing alongside my vehicle at the time of this sideswipe, my name would be appearing in this week's issue of The Wave in the obituaries instead of "Letters to the Editor."

JAMES E. MULVANEY


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