Letter to the editor 1, October 29, 2015

Dear Editor,

I’ve been jogging the streets of St. Lazare for a few years now, and it never ceases to amaze me how careless many drivers are.

Yesterday, October 21, 2015, at 4 p.m., I was nearing the intersection of Chemin Sainte-Elisabeth and rue de la Source when a big dark pickup truck pulling a dark contractor’s trailer rolled through the stop sign, going westbound on Sainte-Elisabeth. I gestured at the ignoramus at what a great stop he had made, and we proceeded to discuss his lack of safety awareness for a few minutes while other motorists began to wait behind him. His argument was that I, the jogger/pedestrian, hadn’t made my stop.

What a fool.

Is that the argument that he’ll make to the parents of a child that he may hit one day due to his unsafe, negligent driving skills? To top it all off, he had earbuds in his ears while he was driving. When I told him that I knew a few police officers in the area, he told me that his wife was a police officer! I certainly hope that she’ll give him a ticket for burning the stop and for driving with ear buds in his ears, both of which are illegal! He had to take them out of his ears because he didn’t even hear me at first!!!

I jog three times a week and I just can’t get over how many people speed, go through stop signs, turn into the wrong side of the street or are texting while driving.

Why must it take another accident for people to wake up?

Why don’t people understand that the few seconds or minutes that they save by driving faster, burning stops, etc., may come at a very high price?

It’s no wonder parents are loathe to allow their children to run or bike around with the kind of drivers we have in the streets. When drivers were swerving into the bicycle path on Sainte-Elisabeth to avoid the speed bumps a year or two ago, I knew that there was a real attitude problem with many motorists in St. Lazare.

Wake up drivers!

We’re trusting you with our children!!

George Zoni

St. Lazare

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