Let's be safe on our roads.
By Kathleen Wendt
January 06, 2009
Winter is here and along with it comes poor driving conditions.
It is the time for extra care and driving responsibly with patience
On Friday, December 12th, the roads were dry, visibility was
excellent and it was a beautiful day in Ketchikan. It was between
1:30-2:00pm and I was making a quick trip to town driving south.
At about 6 mile North Tongass, I met a large commercial truck
driving north when a car decided to pass the truck and was heading
right for me. My first inclination was to pull off the road,
but there were several vehicles close behind me. This driver
made a bad choice and just kept coming without any possibility
of clearing the truck. I stayed calm, pumping my breaks and
expected a horrible and huge accident involving several vehicles.
As I came to a stop the light colored car flew by on the shoulder
of the road. This was the shoulder on my right and on the water
side. I have gone over this many times and find it incredible
that no impact occurred.
I want to thank the drivers of the vehicles behind me and compliment
them on how attentive they were that day. The situation could
have easily resulted in a huge pile up and had devastating results.
It is also amazing that the irresponsible driver of the car
did not lose control or at the least clip the guard rail or one
of the other vehicles. I thought of calling the Troopers, but
I had no information to give them except a very poor description
of the car. Everything happened so fast, the details did not
I am angry at that driver. Think of what the outcome could have
been! To be so selfish and careless and not have any regard
for other's safety or your own is beyond my comprehension. I
hope if anyone knows who was responsible for this, they will
at the least, have the person read this letter. There is no
excuse for driving in that manner. You just have to notice the
crosses and wreaths along the side of the road, to know rude,
erratic driving kills and affects the entire community.
As the condition of the roads deteriorates this winter, we all
have to drive with caution and on the defensive. Let's be considerate
and patient with everyone on the road. What's the rush? We
don't have far to go no matter where we are heading, and the
few seconds you may make up is not worth an accident. A fender
bender ruins everyone's day who is involved and a major accident
can take people's lives.
Please drive safely and have a wonderful holiday season. I am
sure I had extra protection on December 12th, and believe in
guardian angels! I called to God as I was hitting my brakes,
and he saved me. It is the only explanation.
May all of you have an angel with you each and every day this
coming New Year.
About: "Driver of a Red
Nissan Truck ; Resident of Ketchikan and Biologist for the past
Received December 23, 2008
- Published January 06, 2009
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