Letters to the Editor

‘Idiot’ drivers threaten our lives. Pay attention, and put down that cell phone.

Years ago, when I lived in Washington, D.C., a friend of mine who worked for the Park Police within the motorcycle unit and I decided to meet at the entrance of Our National Cemetery. I was following him in my car, and a vehicle next to him crossed over into his lane, almost hitting him. His foot touched his vehicle. Here it is broad daylight, lunch time, he is in full uniform and riding a Harley Davidson! This idiot, next to him, didn’t pay attention to his surroundings. I almost witnessed a friend of mine being severely hurt.

Well, fast forward to 2017. Idiots still exist on our roadways, but it is much worse due to cell phones, stress and work.

I have seen babies and toddlers almost being hit, especially in shopping centers. Our beloved pets. Wildlife. It doesn’t matter which road you are on. It could be the interstate, side road, even a quiet neighborhood street. People just don’t pay attention to what is in front of them.

They are too busy looking for metal in other people’s trash, rushing to get that parking space or just being consumed by what text or info they have on their cell phone.

How many of us pray before we leave our home? I know I do. Not only for myself, but also for my family.

Maybe, if we just try to pay a little more attention to what we are doing, knowing what is in front or behind us, putting that cell phone down and not care until we get to our destination, and if you are working, day or night, slow down and pay attention to what is in front of you. A life and maybe yours will depend on the action YOU take on our roadways.

It will not be a red-light camera to protect another on the roadway, it will be up to you.

Elizabeth M. Sullivan

East Manatee