Mark Clayton comments on the lack of civility and personal responsibility concerning his being “flipped off” by another driver as he waited for a bike rider to make a turn is spot on (“Road rage in SLO County reflects self-centered society,” June 12).
That intersection of Broad/Chorro and Foothill is especially dicey, with oblique intersections, shopping centers, and distracted Cal Poly students crossing the street as they check their latest text message. Yet, some drivers, as noted by Mark, need to speed through with no situational awareness.
Had Mark actually confronted the other driver and pointed out that he was waiting for a bicyclist or pedestrian, assuredly he would not have received an apology saying “Sir, I didn’t’ realize you were waiting for the bicyclist to clear the intersection.” He would have been told to “f” off.
The best bet in such situations is to let it go. Confronting an individual with entitlement issues will not end up well. For that 30 seconds of rage, the situation can deteriorate into a confrontation. You’ll not change their behavior or get them to admit that they were wrong.
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You did the right thing.
Laurance Shinderman, Nipomo