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January 10, 2013

Construction site at square creates some confusion for out-of-town driver

Somerset —  

News just seems to follow us around.
A Commonwealth Journal reporter-photographer (we wear two hats during hard times) and Mark Vaught, member of the Pulaski County Board of Elections, were standing in the diamond-shaped island on the east side of disturbed Fountain Square discussing the upcoming special election in the 52nd House District when, without warning, a car is coming the wrong way around the downtown centerpiece.
Of course, standing in a little square in the middle of heavy traffic should have raised our insurance premiums, nonetheless a car headed straight at us from the blind side called for quick action. Vaught and this reporter couldn’t figure out which way was up.
Obviously from out of town, the driver was going clockwise instead of counterclockwise. The driver was sober as a judge and knew something wasn’t right. 
So did a deputy sheriff driving the right way around the square at the same moment. Just as the confused motorist rolled down the driver’s side window to inquire directions of Vaught and this reporter, the accommodating deputy turned on his blue lights.
The deputy was doing his job. He had to stop the driver. The offending car almost got hit by another car in front of the lawman.
But from a wag’s point of view, it was plain social injustice. Nobody could be that unlucky. The driver was simply trying to find a way through town. Come to think of it, a motorist needed a Ph.D to figure the way around the square before the ground was scraped.
They used to say the best way to teach a young person to drive was to take them to Fountain Square. When they could negotiate the square without denting a fender they were ready for a driver’s license.

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