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The danger factor in being a road user
Dear Street Smarts, Q: While I agree with Monday’s letter submitter that ultimately it’s people ignoring traffic laws rather than their mode of transportation, I do have issues with the writers argument: A person operating a big rig ignoring traffic laws is far more dangerous than a scofflaw operating a compact car. Just as a car is more dangerous than a bicycle if both are crashed into a storefront or group of people. As both a motor vehicle driver and bicyclist, I believe that I can see the issue from a different perspective from a motorist. By the way, there are two safety devices that have equal importance to both driving and cycling. In cycling it’s a helmet, in motor vehicles it’s a seat belt. Jim in Scotts Valley A: All good points. Thank you.