Please…don’t run over me!

Posted By | June 2, 2008 12:00 am

This will be one of my “preachy” columns, as my son is so fond of calling my words of irritation.
I am so tired of seeing red traffic lights consistently ignored! Listen, folks, this is a scary situation. I’m not talking just to hear my head rattle! I’m talking about a serious issue that has seemingly increased over the past couple of years – maybe longer.
At first, I probably blamed this reckless behavior on the use of cell phones, but I soon discovered this was not necessarily the problem. In fact, one day I was almost hit during three separate incidents by drivers who simply “blew off” the red light and drove through the intersection. I’m not talking about speeding up to rush through the yellow caution light. I’m talking about a vehicle that is more than 100 feet away from the red light just continuing to travel at the speed limit and driving on through the intersection! And, none of the three drivers were on cell phones!
But, I don’t want anyone to think I’m letting cell phone users off the hook, either. Sure, I’m guilty of answering my phone sometimes while I’m driving. But, trust me, I have never pretended to be so self-assured that I would ever try to text message while driving. Not only is it unsafe, it is also STUPID! Yes, I said STUPID!
How in the world can you honestly be foolish enough to drive down the highway in a two-ton piece of machinery, while several other vehicles of equal or greater size are surrounding you, and you are not even paying attention to where you, or they, are going? Just how dangerously do you want to live?!?
Do they not know what a grave danger they are creating for themselves, their passengers, and everyone else on the road?
Driving is a full-time job. Those hands should be on the wheel, with your attention firmly centered on the road.
Adults, if you are guilty of this irresponsible behavior, please change your ways. What kind of example are you setting for the younger drivers?
And, for the younger drivers, if any of them should happen to be reading this column, I do not want to be typing your obituary. Your life is too valuable. Although you think you’ve got all the answers to all the questions, you don’t! And, no matter how careful you may be behind the wheel of a car, you are still a novice on the highway. You, as well as your adult counterparts who also like to text message while driving, are creating a hazardous environment for those who try to be safe drivers.
Please, please, wake up and realize the error of your ways. I want all of you to be around for a long, long time.

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