Over the years, numerous letters have appeared on this page speaking to traffic safety issues in our area ("City needs to invest in safer driving," Oct. 5). Most simply urge us to be more careful, a futile admonition since the people who are the most unsafe, both drivers and pedestrians, are probably too self-centered to care, or even read this page.
Periodically, writers speak of the need for better traffic enforcement and stiffer penalties, which we definitely need.
We have all witnessed drivers who seem to be inherently unsuited to driving. They are angry and aggressive, lacking in common sense, timid and fearful, impaired due to advanced age, illness or drug or alcohol abuse, or distractible and lacking a sense of teamwork.
We also see drivers who appear to be genuinely ignorant of our traffic laws. Why are they even allowed to drive? Our current testing system weeds out only a small percentage of such drivers, and many have never had any sort of driver training.