For those of you who do not know, the News-
Gazette is located on S. Henninger Drive in Leitchfield, which happens to be a ONE WAY STREET.
Yet, everyday I watch as people drive down
S. Henninger the wrong way.
For years I asked the Mayor and city council to make S. Cannon Drive one way. That's the street located behind the post office.
It didn't matter to me if it was one way going north or one way going south I just wanted the narrow little strip to be only one way because it was impossible to pass another vehicle.
When the paper was located on S. Main Street, I used that back exit many times each day. Every day I would inevitable meet someone going the opposite direction and it would just set me off.
After the paper office moved, the city then made S. Cannon Drive one way, traveling north.
However, I still meet other motorists on S. Cannon Drive who are going the wrong way.
Now according to statistics over 20,000 motorists die each year because of aggressive driving or what we might call road rage.
"Road Rage" is one driver expressing anger toward another driver. It is expressed with great intensity and in a felonious manner such as firing a weapon or assault.
With the winter travel season upon us we find ourselves needing to get more done in one day than is possible.
We try to get from point A to point B without interruption and as quickly as possible.
However, sometimes we lose the courtesy that we have for other drivers. It gets pushed aside in favor of those things that we deem important to "us".
Even though meeting a motorists on a one way street who is going the wrong way can make us mad, we need to remember that person also has feelings.
Being careful is something every driver needs to keep in mind during this holiday travel season.
Whether we are driving on an interstate, major state highway, city street or even that proverbial one way street, we need to be courteous and respectful of other drivers on the road.
Like every other disease that is brought about by society, road rage has a 10 step program to help benefit those who are in danger of acting upon their feelings of rage.
"C.O.M.P.A.S.S.I.O.N." is the acronym for the 10 steps.
It begins with Compassion for yourself as a driver.
Other people have feelings too!
Peace...take a deep breath and just let it go.
Awareness...be aware of your actions and that they may upset another driver.
Imagine seeing that driver again in a social setting and how embarrassed you would be.
Options are yours.
Not. No, you are not a deliberate target.
To find out more about road rage, just go to your web browser and type in www.road rage.com/
If we all take the time to treat other drivers as we want to be treated then we can make it through this stressful season without any road rage incidents.