DPS addresses Lubbock drivers' biggest pet peeves - FOX34 Lubbock

DPS addresses Lubbock drivers' biggest pet peeves

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When asked, Lubbock drivers answered. The question was "what are some of your biggest pet peeves about Lubbock drivers?"

The most common answers were, not using turn signals, distracted drivers, driving in merge lanes on the Loop and Marsha Sharp Freeway and slow drivers.

"Folks are upset with other drivers around them," Sgt. Johnny Bures with DPS said.

According to Bures, he hopes with more patrol cares on the road, drivers are more aware of their road habits. Bures suggested slow drivers avoid the left lane.

"If you are going to be traveling for a while, you're not exiting off, you're not fixing to get onto the Loop or anything, and you're not the fastest traffic, if you'll utilize more of those middle lanes," he suggested.

Sgt. Bures also said to use the left lane as a passing lane only when it's posted. He also stressed the importance of checking your blind spots, buckling up and taking your time.

"Pretend like maybe that was your loved one in the next lane over or you have loved ones in the vehicle with you," he said.

Distracted driving was another common complaint. Bures said plan ahead to when using maps so you're not searching for directions while operating a car.

"As far as texting and driving, that is against the law," he stressed. "So we're asking folks just put down your phone and focus on the task at hand and that's driving. If you have a passenger say hey can you send this message or call them instead using hands free options."

Bures said to be aware of other cities' texting and driving laws. In Lubbock it's illegal to send or receive any electronic data. If you're under 18 or have a provisional license you can't be on the phone at all.

He also reminded drivers you can be ticketed for the traffic violations.

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