Be careful longboarders

Last week I witnessed an event that was literally inches from being a tragedy.

Editor, The News:

Last week I witnessed an event that was literally inches from being a tragedy.

The tragedy in my mind is the callous disregard shown by a longboarding young man for the rules of the road and his own safety.

Not only cruising through an intersection at night with no reflective clothing or safety gear, but through an amber light while using some sort of electronic device.

I’d already seen your companion go through the intersection, so was wary enough to be watching – but the driver to my right would have seriously injured or killed both of you had he not looked at the right time.

I’m angry that you put yourself in the situation where I could have seen a young life snuffed right in front of my eyes – a sight that would haunt me forever.

Using our roads comes with responsibility whether you are a driver, pedestrian or skater – and your life is more precious than any text message could ever be.

Patrice Damico

Maple Ridge