Letter to the Editor: Cyclists, pedestrians should be more conscious of drivers


Sunday, September 10, 2017

In the words of "Popeye The Sailor Man:

I've stood all I can cause I can't stands no more.

I'm a delivery person who daily drives around town, and I see a lot of strange behavior. I see teens and young adult males who have never learned to pull up their pants. They walk around town with their underwear exposed. I wonder if it is to show the world that they can afford to buy some or just a way of telling the world to kiss off. Oh! Maybe they never learned that the pants are supposed to cover the buttocks. I see adult women driving with the left elbow in the steering wheel while they use the rear view mirror as they apply makeup. Did they oversleep and didn't have time to do it before leaving home? I wonder. I have seen cars with four or five teenage girls who decide to flash me (Lift up their blouses to expose themselves).

I see cats, dogs, birds and squirrels scurry to get out of the street as cars approach on the other hand I see homo sapiens who have never learned to yield the right of way to that four thousand pound car or truck. They look at you as if to say this is my street, what are you doing on it? Do you expect me to move? Go around me.... Well today I got the scare of my life. I almost hit a young lady who was riding a bike. She rolled past a stop sign into the intersection in front of me. Fortunately I was only driving about 30 mph and was able to stop without hitting her... What was wrong with this? She was holding her cell phone in one hand and looking at it as she rode in front of me.

While I am ranting I must say something about how fast so many people drive. On Sunset avenue, Winstead avenue, Benvenue Road , sometimes I wonder if I am the only one not exceeding the posted speed limit. I believe seven out of ten of these speeders are holding a cell phone in front of them. Hang up the phone and drive carefully!

I'm strong to the finish, cause I eats me spinach, I'm (Ronald Jones) Popeye the Sailor man.


Rocky Mount