Letter: Concerned about traffic speeds around South Lake Tahoe
This is another opinion piece (ho-hum) concerning speed and driving in and around South Lake Tahoe.
When I moved here in 1976 it was an inside joke (and it was taken for granted) that “50 on 50” was OK, even if the posted speed limit was 35 mph. It isn’t just the raising of the limit by 5 mph that has made making a right turn onto Lake Tahoe Boulevard such a hair-raising experience. This is due to the fact that if you can see a vehicle coming from your left you should wait because it will be on you before you can accelerate to the speed limit or above.
The behavior of drivers has been affected by the video-game experience where speed is paramount and many points are scored by how fast you can outrun police and beat the traffic on the virtual freeways or around town. Turning left onto Highway 50 without a stop light from a parking lot or side street is a life-threatening adventure.
Also, if you happen to be approaching a “stale” green light be sure to check your rear-view mirror — so that you are not being tail-gated and at risk of being rear-ended if it turns yellow and you decide to play it safe and stop. It happened that way next to me at Keys Boulevard one day. The hapless, timid driver decided to stop and was crunched into the middle of the intersection. There were already three vehicles stopped in the right lane.
Now, after four or five light winters and an increase in the speed limits, I feel that there are a lot of drivers not experienced with how the conditions here can make driving dangerous; and we are put at risk.
South Lake Tahoe, Calif.