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Tailgating drivers are domestic terrorists


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Jul. 02, 2019 - 8:48 PM

If I may start off with a definition.

Terrorism: Where person or persons attempt to intimidate others for personal, monetary, political or religious reasons by verbal or physical threats using firearms or other weapons of mass destruction.

Now consider domestic terrorism. I have previously stated in a letter printed in this paper some 16 years ago my thoughts on tailgating. I printed on my truck tailgate, “The closer you get, the slower I go.”

I have seen it since on some bumper stickers.

I don’t believe anyone will disagree that cars and trucks that claim the lives of over 60,000 American people each are weapons of mass destruction. Ask the families of the victims.

A domestic terrorist can be the only definition of drivers who sleep late, dawdle in their planning before starting their drive and later blame other drivers who obey the law with their own lateness to work or appointments.

Impatience is the major cause of accidents. It causes people to speed, tailgate and take chances with traffic lights, pass in no-passing zones, drive on the wrong side of the road or off the road on the shoulder in their attempt to get to the head of the line and compensate for their own lethargy.

The law is not hard enough on these people. When there is a rear-end collision the charge is normally “following to close.” It is too late to cite people for breaking the law after the damage occurs and people are injured. 

Domestic terrorists need to be cited before they cause injury or death. Threatening a small car and terrifying the inhabitants with an 80,000-pound truck should be a felony punishable by imprisonment, heavy fines, loss of license, community service and demands of apologies. I was sideswiped by a woman passing me driving on the wrong side or the road in a no-passing zone who stated she “did not see me.”

Question: What was she doing over there passing me if she did not see me? The policeman almost let her go, but I pointed out the facts of the violation and he finally cited her.

I believe it is our duty to our children and families to let our displeasure with tailgaters be known. Stand up for safety and let domestic terrorists know how wrong they are. 

John Hickman

Newnan