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Drive with awareness

Published: Saturday, July 6, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I took my grandsons to the park the other day.

We rode our bikes to make the 1-mile trip. Our path took us across Crystal Lake Road, and we crossed at the pedestrian-activated yellow flashing light. As has happened many times, we were in the crosswalk, and I realized that the car approaching us was not going to stop, although the driver had plenty of time to do so.

Cars approaching from the opposite direction already had stopped. Being in the middle of the street with two small boys and three bicycles with a car driving directly toward us was a pretty scary situation.

It only takes us 20 to 30 seconds to cross the road. Is that so much time that you are willing to risk killing or injuring us to avoid the wait? Are you so focused on your destination that you are unaware of others around you?

When I took driver’s education, I was taught that a vehicle is a lethal weapon and needs to be driven with that awareness. Cars still kill people.

Since we live in a community, we all need to be aware and courteous to those around us. Most of the drivers on Crystal Lake Road stop at the yellow flashing light, and I appreciate their courtesy. However, it would only take one driver in too much of a hurry to not slow or stop for a few seconds to alter our lives forever.

Please don’t be that driver.

Peg Bolm

McHenry

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