Letters: Such disasters are avoidable

I observed a driver having a mini nervous breakdown when she suddenly noticed a movement in the middle of the road.

Editor, The News:

Thank you for including some statistics regarding pedestrians being hit while crossing Lougheed Highway without using a crosswalk.

Hopefully, it will alert those who seem to believe that they are visible in the middle of the highway during rush hour in the morning and, even more disturbing, those who cross the highway in dark clothing at night, during a drizzle or even in the pouring rain.

I observed a driver having a mini nervous breakdown when she suddenly noticed a movement in the middle of the road, swerved to avoid collision, and was acknowledged by the pedestrian with a middle finger salute.

That the sun rays were in the line of the driver’s vision bespeak of her quick reaction to an otherwise tragic accident.

Drivers are left with mental and emotional scarring (and so are the pedestrians, believe it or not) from these avoidable disasters.

And speaking of avoidable disaster, there is not a day that I do not observe bicycle riders, enjoying the outdoors or going somewhere without wearing safety helmets.

Maybe we should not tempt fate so much.

Nita Spittel

Maple Ridge

 

Just Posted

UPDATE/VIDEO: Heavy police presence after body found in Maple Ridge

Body was discovered beneath the Golden Ears Bridge

On Cooking: Yes, I eat meat

I recognize the fact that we as people are not all the same.

Sports announced for Maple Ridge 2020 BC Summer Games

18 events will attract almost 3000 young athletes

Untrending: A good place to start my search

Facebook offers a legacy service.

Saving salmon: B.C. business man believes hatcheries can help bring back the fish

Tony Allard worked with a central coast First Nation to enhance salmon stocks

Worker killed in collision at B.C. coal mine

Vehicle collision occurred at approximately 10:45 a.m. this morning

Mountie left with ‘significant’ injuries after driver attempts to flee traffic stop

Richmond RCMP are looking for a dark coloured Mercedes Benz

B.C. asking for tips on ‘dirty money’ in horse racing, real estate, luxury cars

Action follows a Peter German report on money laundering in B.C. casinos

Canadian dead more than a week after plane crash in Guyana: Global Affairs

Global Affairs said it couldn’t provide further details on the identity of the Canadian citizen

Children between 6 and 9 eligible for $1,200 RESP grant from province

BC Ministry of Education is reminding residents to apply before the deadline

Victoria spent $30,000 to remove John A. Macdonald statue

Contentious decision sparked controversy, apology from mayor

Privacy concerns over credit card use for legal online pot purchases

Worries follow privacy breaches at some Canadian cannabis retailers

Vancouver Police look for man in connection to ‘sexually motivated’ assault

Woman says man followed her into an apartment building

Most Read