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Sharing the road
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Editor, Ceres Courier,

Motorists have a responsibility for assuring they are safe, alert and considerate operators of a vehicle, which has the potential of being a lethal weapon. We share the road with pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists. We know pedestrians have the right of way, we allow at least three feet between us and bicyclists and are aware motorcyclists can legally lane split as long as they do not exceed ten miles per hour faster than the vehicles they are driving between, and the vehicles are going less than 30 miles per hour.

Pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists also have a responsibility for their own safety and well-being. Pedestrians and bicyclists, sometimes not checking traffic flow, cross the roadway outside a cross walk, against a red light or from between parked vehicles, thinking motorists will yield the right of way to them. Unfortunately, sometimes motorists are unable to stop in time to avoid a collision. Motorcyclists, knowing they can drive between two vehicles, sometimes get so close you are concerned for their safety as well as your side view mirror.

Children learn from what they observe. If an adult does not follow the rules of road safety, whether it be walking, riding a bicycle or driving any type of motor vehicle, children will unwittingly put themselves in harms way following our example. Adults, teach our children well by setting a good example for safely sharing the road.

Lynn Sawyer,