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Reader's view: There are good reasons passing on the right is illegal

This letter is in response to Sgt. Curt S. Mowers' June 17 column, "It's OK to turn right from parking lane, but no passing on the right." Many people pass on the right when they assume the driver ahead of them is slowing down to turn left. Pleas...

This letter is in response to Sgt. Curt S. Mowers' June 17 column, "It's OK to turn right from parking lane, but no passing on the right."

Many people pass on the right when they assume the driver ahead of them is slowing down to turn left. Please keep in mind that this is not always the case.

Twice I was involved with dangerous passing-on-the-right situations that could have led to tragedy. The first was when I entered a crosswalk while pushing my baby in a stroller. One driver slowed down to let us cross while the driver behind flew past on the right, just missing me and my child. The second incident was when I was driving and slowed down to avoid hitting a deer. Again, a driver passed me on the right, missing the deer. Both incidents occurred in an area of London Road where the speed limit is 30 mph, so slowing down should not have been much of a hassle.

Pay close attention to what is going on around you and don't make assumptions about why the driver ahead is slowing down. There is good reason for the law against passing on the right. Officers who clarify and enforce this law, as well as drivers who follow it, should be praised.

Ramona Radosevich

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Duluth

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