A re­minder to all driv­ers

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Allen Vean,

I know there are im­por­tant in­ter­na­tional, na­tional and lo­cal sub­jects that need our at­ten­tion. How­ever, as I drive to work ev­ery day, I am con­stantly amazed at the num­ber of driv­ers who are speed­ing well be­yond the speed limit (in­clud­ing in school zones with flash­ing yel­low lights), failing to yield the right of way and use of turn sig­nals, mak­ing il­le­gal turns, and talk­ing and tex­ting on their cell­phones — in ad­di­tion to nu­mer­ous car de­fects (bro­ken head­lights, tail­lights, etc.).

The tragic, pre­ventable death of state pa­trol­men and women and the dra­matic in­crease of mo­tor­cy­cle deaths in the last year should re­mind us all that you have con­trol of a deadly weapon when you are in con­trol of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle, no mat­ter how many wheels it may have. You are not the only per­son on the streets and high­ways. Obey the laws, put your cell­phone away, and pay at­ten­tion.

At this time of year, my deep­est thoughts go out to all the fam­i­lies that have lost loved ones due to the above sce­nar­ios. May all of you cher­ish and cel­e­brate the happy times that you were able to spend with them. Peace.

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