Christmas tree driving licences

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Sir,

How long is it going to be before the PSNI take action at the blatant disregard of the abuse of the traffic system at the roundabout at Guildhall Square?

Drivers use the inside lane which is for traffic going to Craigavon Bridge but then cut to the left to go down the quays. Twice in the last few days I have seen near misses at this spot. It is only a matter of time until there is an accident.

Another gripe I have concerns young people going to, or coming from, the Peace Bridge. Rather than use the crossing a few feet away, they run across the roadway in the face of oncoming traffic. This can cause grey hairs and I have enough of them already. What are the police going to do here, wait until someone is killed?

I listened recently to a discussion on Radio Foyle about the standard of driving in this city. If the standard of driving displayed by some driving instructors is anything to go by, I am not surprised it’s bad. I’ve lost count of the many times I’ve seen driving instructors going down Simpson’s Brae on their brakes, when a sign at the top of the brae asks drivers to engage low gear.

When I was learning to drive I was taught to give way to traffic coming uphill; no-one bothers about this small courtesy anymore.

The same is true of access and exits to private houses and places of business, like petrol stations and shops.

When a line of traffic stops they drive in front of entrances, denying access to drivers wishing to turn right, or drivers wishing to emerge to go right.

It comes down to complete ignorance, they don’t know any better. They must have found their driving licences under a Christmas tree.

Yours,

Richard Davis,

Victoria Road,

Newbuildings.