Dear Fellow Traveler,
Ma’am, I see you talking on your cell phone* as you’re speeding by me on the Avenue. Do you realize the speed zone changes here? See those signs with the big red flags? It’s 55 mph. I’ve slowed down to 53 mph.
A little too cautious? Maybe. My Fellow Traveler, I have several good reasons for diligently obeying the speed limit. Three of my reasons are in this car with me- my children. I drive carefully through this intersection, because I have three children I want to keep safe.
Fellow Traveler, I want you to get off your cell phone and pay attention. You see, this intersection is dangerous. I can tell by your license plate that you’re not from around here. You might not realize how dangerous this intersection is for us, but the locals know all too well.
Ma’am, this intersection is where my best friend totaled her car. Another driver pulled out in front of her and crashed into her vehicle while I was talking to her on the phone. I could hear the crunch, but couldn’t comprehend what was happening. To me, it just sounded like she dropped her phone. I heard her muffled, frightened voice yelling that she had gotten into an accident. I remember screaming, “WHERE ARE YOU?” She managed to tell me. I had to hang up on my best friend, so I could dial 911 for her. Luckily, she was okay, but her car was totaled. Every time I come to this intersection, I am thankful that she’s alive.
Fellow traveler, not everyone is so lucky. My husband is a volunteer fire fighter, and he’s been called to this same intersection. He’s seen the worst that this stretch of the road has to offer. He has had to deal with the aftermath of an accident where a man died. Yes, fatalities occur here. This intersection has been known to take lives. So I implore you, please drive carefully.
I am guilty too, you know. Pushing the speed limit is easy to do when you’re in a rush or when “everyone else is doing it.” But for us locals, this intersection has too high of a cost. Too much hurt, too many accidents have occurred here. So Fellow Traveler, put down your phone. Put both hands on the wheel , and pay attention. For your sake. For everyone’s sake.