Reckless driving is a choice no one should make
This is a letter to the young driver of the white pickup truck who ran me and my family off of Alta Sierra Drive last Monday.
Hi, I’m the mom who was driving the Chevy Suburban that you failed to notice because you had your head down and were staring at your lap. Luckily, I was paying attention and was able to veer to the side of the road to avoid a head-on collision. Granted, it would have been a low-speed collision, but it would have been damaging none the less. Now, I say “luckily” because it was lucky that I was not distracted, too.
See, every morning I drive four children and two dogs to school. Yes, the dogs are superfluous, but in their world this is a time-honored tradition of “getting to ride in the car.” Plus it makes the kids happy and starts their day off on the right paw, um, foot.
What with the Bobby Bones show on, the reminiscing of the past weekend’s activities and the occasional sibling flareup, there is every chance in the world that I could be distracted and fail to stay in my lane. Except, I recognize these facts and make a conscience effort to be a vigilant driver. Because there would be no words that would fix or soothe the heartache of having been the cause of injury to someone else or my family.
Driving is a privilege. Nobody is perfect and accidents are called that for a reason. If you would have hit me that day, it would not have been an accident. It would have been reckless driving. Accidents happen — reckless driving is a choice.
Get your head out of your lap and realize that you have an obligation to concentrate on driving that white truck to the best of your ability. Choose to be an observant driver and maybe someday you’ll be lucky enough to drive your kids to school, too.
Sandra “Sam” Newell lives in Grass Valley.
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