What was mo­torist think­ing?

The Southwest Booster - - OPINION OPINION -

Ed­i­tor: This let­ter is ad­dressed to the per­son who flew through a red light at the in­ter­sec­tion of Cen­tral Av­enue and Ge­orge St. in Swift Cur­rent on Nov. 22 at about 5:20 p.m.

"WHAT WERE YOU THINK­ING?"

My teenage daugh­ter was driv­ing our ve­hi­cle and was pro­ceed­ing through the in­ter­sec­tion. If it wasn't for her quick think­ing when she saw you weren't stop­ping, you would have broad sided us, likely se­ri­ously in­jur­ing or killing her or pos­si­bly both of us.

So I want to take a minute of your time and in­tro­duce you to the per­son you could have killed. She is a happy 15-year-old who is count­ing down the days till she gets her driver's li­cense (she has her learner's li­cense). She plays volleyball, is a 4-H mem­ber, does com­mu­nity vol­un­teer work, loves her horse and her dog, and is presently col­lect­ing do­na­tions for our troops in Afghanista­n. In other words she is a typ­i­cal teenager with goals and dreams and a big life ahead of her. She is pre­cious to our fam­ily and we would be dev­as­tated if any­thing hap­pened to her.

A few years back, my cousin in Man­i­toba lost both his wife and teenaged daugh­ter in a car ac­ci­dent, so I know what that kind of tragedy can do to a fam­ily. Your care­less­ness could have caused that grief to our fam­ily. So please, please, please, re­al­ize that when you are be­hind the wheel of a ve­hi­cle, you have in your hands, the power to de­stroy lives.

Let this be a re­minder to all of us, as we hurry about in our busy lives, that we need to be more aware and cau­tious when driv­ing. Life is pre­cious and peo­ple are ir­re­place­able!

Rita Di­et­rick - Kyle

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