Letter to editor: Route 19 traffic near North Allegheny High School annoying, dangerous
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 | 12:01 AM
Every day I run the “Gauntlet,” that would be Route 19 north and south in the area of North Allegheny High School at 7 a.m. At this time I witness the migration of students and some of the worst driving on the planet.
What I endure on a continual basis is blowing through the red light at the McDonald’s to go south. I was almost hit twice when I had the green light for five or more seconds. Traveling north on Route 19, I have to deal with students trying to cut in line, blocking one of the straight-bound lanes. On Jan. 6, we established a new low. All three north-bound lanes were full of students trying to make the left.
Other interesting maneuvers include driving through a retail parking lot to get in the back entrance along with U-turns at the aforementioned McDonald’s. Yielding practices traveling on Route 19 are seldom followed. The speed limit is merely a suggestion, along with constant texting.
Why do we have school buses? They look very under-utilized. Let’s save some tax money.
I have driven over a million miles in my life without an accident or traffic ticket. I feel my streak will end soon.
In conclusion, parents, please talk with your student drivers along with getting them on the road 10 minutes earlier to avoid the last-minutes crushes.