In light of today’s traffic accident at 41st Street and Minnesota Avenue, I’m sharing a letter to the editor.
“As a daily traveler on Minnesota Avenue I have become very disgusted as of late by the inconsideration of automobile drivers, particularly around 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. while I am driving to and from work.
“Since I take Minnesota Avenue from 26th Street to 6th Street every day, I am constantly following drivers who fail to use the turning lanes, both to the right and to the left. Many a time there has been one thoughtless person who stops in the left lane (without a signal) and prevents a line two blocks long from proceeding forward because he is waiting for a clearing in oncoming traffic.
“I never thought South Dakotans were so slow to catch on to that which is logical and safe to say nothing of their ignorance of that which is legal.
“We might excuse out-of-town motorists who are not aware of marking on the pavement, but Sioux Falls drivers cannot be excused for itis they who are predominantly at fault.
“It is true that the lines should be more clearly delineated by, perhaps a bright colored paint, which will not wear away the first day (which is the fault of the street department), but anyone with any brains should be observing of those who do heed the rules and do likewise.”
This letter, by the way, was written in 1970.