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Letter to reckless driver

On Friday, July 18, my wife and I drove on the frontage road past the Holiday Inn Express and were turning left onto Colfax Avenue.

Our light had turned green seconds before we got to the intersection. Because the view of traffic from the left is extremely poor, I slowed to a crawl, and that is what saved us all.

A car with a young man and woman in it came bursting through the intersection. I slammed on my brakes and was able to avoid being broadsided by them. This was not a case of the light changing to red at the last second; it was flat out running the light that had been red for seconds when they got to it. And it appeared they had sped up to get through it which would have made the crash even more devastating. I was so stunned by it (the closest I have ever been to being “T-boned”) that I didn’t even honk the horn, or remember the description of the car, or think to pursue them and get a license number.



My message to the driver of the car: I hope you learned a lesson from that, and it was not that you can get away with running red lights. It is that you narrowly missed causing a disaster of a crash, and should vow to never do it again.

Alan Archer




Grass Valley


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