Eventually, some were just glancing to see if the way was clear before making the turn without pausing.
Now a frightening number of drivers are running straight through red lights. It's a problem across the country. I, for one, no longer proceed as soon as a light turns green. First I look to see if anyone approaching the red light is slowing to stop.
Meanwhile, I'm pretty sure the law requiring drivers to use turn signals still is on the books. But everywhere I go, cars are changing lanes and making turns with no signals.
As a pedestrian, I remind myself that non-signaling drivers may turn right into me as I cross a street. Sometimes, as I jump back and survive a close brush with death, a sheepish driver signals belatedly.
It seems ironic that the Legislature continues to debate new laws about seatbelts and texting as drivers flout more important measures already in code.
In recent weeks, Vent Line callers have been complaining about people who wear pajama pants in public.
Some call this a fashion trend. Others are put off.
This is hardly the first sign of another set of rules being pitched.
Remember casual Fridays? Now many people are casual all week long and not just at work. So why not pajamas around the clock?
Society must get back on track.
We need rules, both written and unwritten. We need to agree on some behaviors that will keep us healthy and safe and not irritated by each other.
So don't get in the express line with 23 items, for Pete's sake. Don't use foul language within earshot of people you don't know. (Save that for your loved ones.)
And please, don't talk loudly on your cellphone in the movie theater. Well, anywhere in public, actually.
I'm actually wearing pajama pants as I write from home, and they are really comfortable. However, I promise not to leave the house this way, except maybe to get my newspaper out of the box.
When I head in to work, I vow to use my signal at every turn between here and the office.
And I will not step outside barefoot before midnight tonight.
Friend is editor and publisher of the Daily Mail. She may be reached at 348-5124 or nan...@dailymail.com.