YOUR OPINION: Letters to the Editor April 18, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Natchez Trace ‘raceway’ too much for one driver
Kudos to John L. Pitts for his column “Natchez Trace too deadly for bicycles” in Monday’s paper. The Natchez Trace is almost too deadly for me to drive, and I have driven the Trace almost twice daily Monday through Friday for nine-and-a-half years. It is so convenient for me for my commute into Tupelo; however, I have been rethinking this route lately. It is too much to actually believe what I see and have seen five days a week.
I personally call this roadway Natchez Trace Raceway. Drivers have a hard time stopping at stop signs to enter the Trace. Drivers always pull right out in front of you, especially at the Highway 78 entrance, headed south every morning.
One morning a group of bicyclists passed this particular entrance riding north, and I held my breath – it was a very close call for everyone, even me, and I was traveling south.
Last Friday afternoon at 5:35 p.m. I truly believed a riot was about to start among drivers. I was the lead vehicle behind a lone cyclist. When I came upon the cyclist, I immediately slowed down, pressed the button for my flashers to turn on and made absolutely certain I was more than within the three-feet law. There was no immediate clear path to simply pass the cyclist. Once this traffic cleared out, after about 15 minutes, drivers passed me as though I were sitting still. And I can tell you the drivers who passed me were not happy drivers.
Gee, people , be a little civil, especially to the ones riding the bicycles. One person who has lost their life on the Trace is one too many. As long as bicycles and cars share this road, manners and good driving habits are going to have to co-exist.
Shelia Lansdell

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