I guess I missed the legislation that made the use of turn signals optional. At what point did it become OK to ignore the rules of the road? Perhaps a refresher course in driving etiquette is in order.
The little rod on the left of your steering column will allow you to indicate which direction you intend to turn your vehicle. This alerts other drivers (and pedestrians) to your actions while piloting a 1-ton hunk of metal, and helps to ensure that all those who use the road are a bit safer.
This also applies to municipal, county and state vehicles (I mention these drivers because they are as much offenders here as everyone else on the road); police officers, sheriff's deputies and city employees are not exempt from these rules. I urge everyone who operates a motor vehicle to review the laws regarding how to drive a car before more people are unnecessarily injured in the Tri-Cities.
I'm amazed at the flagrant disregard for other drivers. Remember it could be your friend or family member who is in the hospital next, thanks to the careless driving of another.
BRIAN LOONEY, Pasco