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Snowclearing and driving headaches

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I don’t know if anyone has noticed how bad our street cleaning service has been this winter.

Every time there has been a parking ban on the street I live on for the purpose of snow clearing, I have moved my car to make sure that it is not in the way. However, the street has yet to be cleaned on the day specified. It has always been cleaned on an evening or night when nobody moves their cars because it isn’t the date set for the parking ban.

I have to wonder why they have specific dates set for specific streets for clearing snow if the workers don’t show up to do the job on that date.

I live in the West End of Winnipeg, in the Minto area, and many of the streets here have such big ruts it is dangerous to drive on them. In some places the ruts are so deep that if you try to get out of them to yield to an oncoming car, your car slides all over the place. Sometimes you can’t even get out and then you either have to drive forward or back up.

Sliding and slipping, in a car, all over the street, is not my idea of having fun.

Also, there are many drivers who do not yield to oncoming traffic when they should. I am really sick and tired of how many drivers just think they own the road.

Many drivers just keep driving even though by law they should yield and they have plenty of room to move over to their side of the street.

This doesn’t just happen in the winter — it happens all year round.

Once I was driving on my side of the street and two cars were coming toward me, in my lane. Neither wanted to move out of the way even though they had plenty an opportunity to do so. Both drivers, who happened to be men, came to my window and demanded that I back up.

Well, I wasn’t the one in the wrong here and I didn’t see their reasoning for not yielding as they should have.

In the end I did back up, as I had an appointment to keep.

This kind of behaviour is unacceptable in my view. What does this say for ‘Friendly Manitoba?’

Why do we have traffic laws? Isn’t it so that people can drive safely and isn’t there such a thing as courtesy in traffic anymore?

Arny Hjaltadottir is a community correspondent for the West End.

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