Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

May 13, 2014

Traffic problem prevalent on Oakvale Rd.


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— — I have noticed a traffic problem on Oakvale Road that needs to be addressed by local law enforcement officers. Anytime that traffic slows down or stops, say so that a car can make a left turn off the road, motorists swerve over the white line and pass the stopped car on the right shoulder.

This is dangerous. The vehicles that swerve around stopped traffic barely slow down (if they slow down at all) and the cars traveling behind them run the risk of ramming into the stopped vehicle in the road.

When the vehicle in front of you stops you have an obligation to stop behind them and wait until they get off the road. Your personal sense of entitlement does not give you permission to pass on the shoulder. I have noticed that this is a problem especially prevalent among people driving pick-up trucks. I guess the bigger the truck the bigger the sense of entitlement. I hope that local law enforcement officers see this and take note of the issue.

John McCormick

Athens