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In re­sponse to the let­ter ‘Reck­less Driv­ing’ (East­ern Courier, Fe­bru­ary 21). I’m a teacher, a mother of three chil­dren, a wife and a friend.

On Novem­ber 8 on my way to work, I lost con­trol of my car on a cor­ner of Whit­ford Road. Yes, I take full re­spon­si­bil­ity for the ac­ci­dent but I’d like to say that I was not speed­ing, I was not un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs or al­co­hol, I was not a mo­tor-rac­ing wannabe, or driv­ing a four-wheel drive ve­hi­cle.

I was go­ing 45kmh, my car was a well-ser­viced Holden Com­modore. I’ve been driv­ing for 25-plus years. I have a brain and yes I will be tak­ing my­self to de­fen­sive driv­ing be­cause I feel so fright­ened driv­ing on that road now. It was wet and had been rain­ing all night. I was go­ing up a hill at about 45kmh when my car just slid out into on­com­ing traf­fic. Af­ter the ac­ci­dent many peo­ple said they had also slid on that cor­ner be­cause of oil on the road and the road has no trac­tion in wet weather.

The road needs to be looked at be­fore other peo­ple get hurt or killed. The speed limit needs to be low­ered. Ev­ery day I pull over to let peo­ple pass who are tail­gat­ing me. I now take the Flat Bush route to avoid that piece of Whit­ford Road. I live ev­ery day with the knowl­edge that I hurt some­one and could have killed them.

Fright­ened teacher (name with­held)

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