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


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