Courtesy Is Contagious
The letter by Kathy Wright (Sept. 1) regarding drivers at the Traffic Circle found an interested reader — and that would be me. First, I am sorry for her experience of near collisions. I know that care must be taken at the circle, and you have to think ahead and elevate your attention significantly. I know Wright’s purpose was to plead with folks to be more careful, and I am sure most who read her letter will do just that.
However, I have to say that, as a newcomer to the area, I find it striking the high level of courtesy that I observe in Pinehurst/Southern Pines by drivers. In three years of driving these local roads I have heard but one honking horn. Just one. In three years! Normally you would hear at least a quick toot if someone was looking away when a light turned green, but no, not even that.
I am warmed by the courtesy people demonstrate in the shopping mall lots, letting pedestrians pass, slowing down. It is amazing. It shows that an act of kindness is catching. Driving courteously is contagious and thankfully someone in this area started an epidemic. Let’s keep it up as it is difficult to achieve and maintain.
People here deserve a pat on the back to even out Wright’s unfortunate experience at the circle.
Richard A. Murray
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