Chances are pretty good that you have not
seen a well-edited, easy-to-read 120-page book which ought to be
required reading for every adult Delawarean. If its contents
were properly digested and applied it would significantly
eliminate quite a bit of inconvenience, hassle, property damage,
injury and even death. Considering that the book is free and
readily available in hard copy and on the Internet, there should
be considerable demand for it.
Drivers Manual: First Class Service from the First State
probably are thinking there's nothing in there that's not
fundamental to one of our most pervasive activities. Having
driven for many years, those things are supposed to be second
go out on the road and drive even a short distance and you'll
find considerable evidence that that's not true for a lot of
people -- "other people," of course.
everyone with whom you raise the topic tells you that they, too,
are appalled by the speeding that goes on. No one acknowledges,
however, that they're active participants. As Yogi once said,
"Nobody goes there any more because it's too crowded."
Conscious violators aside, how
much of the disregard for what are fundamentally common-sense
rules can be contributed to folks simply not knowing what's
turns on red are permissible after a full stop, except when
prohibited by a posted sign or a steady red arrow is displayed.
law required all occupants of a vehicle to be properly
restrained in a seatbelt or child safety seat. [page 62]
white line between lanes of traffic means that you may cross it
to change lanes if it safe to do so. A solid white line between
lanes of traffic means that you should stay in your lane ...
unless a special situation requires you to change lanes. [page
On a road
with two or more lanes traveling in the same direction, stay in
the right lane except to pass. [page 66]
yield the right of way to any pedestrian within a crosswalk,
stopping if necessary. You must not pass a vehicle stopped to
allow a pedestrian to cross the highway. [page 73]
... are subject to the provisions of the vehicle code, just as
other drivers are. [page 74]
turn on your [windshield] wipers, turn on your headlights; it's
the law in Delaware and some other states. [page 93]
law states that you must signal 300 feet before turning. [page
95] (It is suggested that the signal be activated at least three
seconds before the turn. 300 feet @ 60 m.p.h. = 3½ seconds Five
seconds would be more responsible.)
seem logical that the process of obtaining or renewing a driver
license should include a requirement that the applicant
demonstrate knowledge of these and other rules involving
situations routinely encountered on the road. Such demonstration
should consist of something more thorough than scoring seven out
of 10 on a multiple-choice exerecise like the one which now
passes for a Delaware driver license test.
little bit of strict enforcement out on the road wouldn't hurt.
to access the drivers
to access samples of
the multi-choice test which is now used.
A couple of recent proposals to change an
1878 law prohibiting the use of active duty armed forces in
domestic law-enforcement roles should raise some red flags.
While it's hard not to commend the military -- especially
National Guard troops -- for the role they played in the
aftermath of the Gulf Coast hurricanes, it's important that that
situation not establish a precedent.
No less than the President of the United
States -- the commander-in-chief -- subsequently advanced the
idea of employing the military to enforce quarantine in the
event of a flu epidemic. It should not be difficult to come up
with a variety of other hypothetical situations where boots in
the streets might seem welcome.
One has only to look at a variety of other
nations where such response has been and still is an element of
domestic national policy. That's not a path the United States
should even consider following.
to access a recent New York
Times article on the subject.
Credit card companies
are pushing new cards with a twist: no $39
fees for late payments. Designed to blunt
criticism of ever-higher fees, the new cards
-- with names like "Simplicity" and "Clear"
-- still can ding late payers.
Natural history museums around
the country are mounting new exhibits they hope will succeed
where high school biology classes have faltered: convincing
Americans that Charles Darwin's theory of evolution is a
rigorously tested cornerstone of modern science.