Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


April 7, 2013

In Your View

ASHLAND — Local drivers fail to use blinkers

I just came back from a trip to Lexington. While there, I noticed all drivers were using their blinker signals before turning. 

After checking, I found that all cars and trucks manufactured after the early 1960s were required to have “directional signals”  installed.  I also discovered  it is the law in that fair city to use your turn signals or receive a citation from law enforcement, up to $58.

What a concept for Ashland, Ironton and Huntington: Using turn signals that are already on our vehicles. I know it would distract from eating, drinking, phoning, and all the other things we do besides driving safely on our roads. Think of all the fender benders and insurance claims we could eliminate, just by the click of a little handle.

As far as enforcing the use of turn signals, there is probably an obscure city ordinance somewhere with dust all over it that is never used. Mainly because our officers and deputies do not use them, either.

Just think, driving through your downtown with someone giving you a signal that they intend to make a turn, instead of jamming on their brakes and then turning, or just make an oncoming turn in front of you, nearly missing an accident.

I think the Big City guys may be on to something. Maybe we all should start using our directional signals.  If you forgot where they are, look around the steering column. Happy motoring.

Don Stewart, Ashland

Before casting the first stone ...

If at all possible I would like to ask everyone to take a moment to open their minds and consider this thought for just a moment: To everyone who opposes gay marriage or believes that your Bible gives you the moral authority to dictate the rights of others, your children will look back at you like we look at those who told blacks and women that they didn’t have the same rights as white men.

Think about that before you cast the first stones.

Cat Stewart, Ashland

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