To the editor:
Your article on all the accidents prompts some questions, even some remedies:
Does anyone remember “Keep right except to pass”? I think the passing on the right accidents would lessen if the cops enforced this on the four lane roads. You shouldn’t be in the left lane unless your left turn signal is on or you are passing. It is a real problem on the interstates, too.
I’ve wanted to say this for years: When making a left onto a three-lane road (portions of West Shore, for example) use the middle lane to accelerate and then merge. People straddle the lane waiting for a break. They just don’t get it. It’s not just for turning off the road to the left.
As for the “nowhere to go” lanes like Post Road South off 37, who designed them? Any fool can see that you have to spin your head around like Linda Blair to see if there is traffic coming. There should be a lane to get parallel, called an acceleration lane, so that the side mirror can be used to merge. Poor design in the first place, insuring accidents.
This is not rocket science. These principles and lane uses have been around for years. Just not in Rhode Island.