I have noticed, over the last seven years living here in Austin, that the culture of driving has become less courteous, more rushed, more honking, etc.
It seems that a source of this shift may be the many, many people who are not from Texas who have moved to Austin very recently. These new residents come from different driving cultures all over our country.
I am writing to suggest that the Transportation Department strategically place signs around Austin with the gentle reminder, "Drive friendly, the Texas way."
When I moved to Texas seven years ago, this simple and lovely message encouraged me to improve the friendliness of my driving. I feel that, if drivers new to Austin see this heartfelt message during their daily commute, they will be more likely to take it to heart themselves.
Thank you very much for your time and consideration. Please, if you would, pass along this message to any appropriate parties.
My hope is that Austin, as it grows so very rapidly, may preserve the small-town culture of courteous, friendly driving that I encountered when I first moved here.