Editorial: Take driving seriously, Worcester

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We’ve all seen those drivers who jerk from lane to lane, passing everyone in their path as if trying to rack up points on their PlayStation.

We’ve seen the cellphone talkers and, more dangerously, texters, the road hoggers, the drag racers, the rule breakers, the rude, the drunken, the sleepy, the multitaskers, the distracted and the just plain angry. We’ve seen them, and in some cases been them.

But driving’s no game, and comes with no guarantee of getting from Point A to Point B, particularly in summer and during a holiday weekend when AAA estimates a record 43 million Americans will be on the road.

Heading for a cookout on the Fourth of July -- keep your eyes ahead and leave the road rage at home.

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Heading for a cookout on the Fourth of July — keep your eyes ahead and leave the road rage at home.

We join state officials who gathered at the University of Massachusetts Medical School campus Tuesday in urging everyone to do their part to make the roads safer. Slow down, pay attention, and drive calmly and defensively.

Because the vast majority of driving trips go without incident, despite all kinds of imperfections along the way, we tend to forget just how dangerous driving is, how much responsibility is involved, and how hugely our actions and attitudes as a driver matter.


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