There is simply no excuse for dangerous driving

  • Aug. 27, 2010 10:12 p.m.

This letter may be for naught, but then again, maybe the driver I am speaking of will recognize the details and re-think their irresponsible driving.

To the driver of an older model red-semi truck, carrying a large flat bed with metal, driving south on Johnstone Dr. at 5:55 p.m. on June 30.

I saw you in my rear view mirror, as I put my signal light on to turn left into my neighborhood in Johnstone Park.

The fact that I did not see you slow down at all, but instead coming up very quickly behind me, made me start to question you. Why are you not slowing down, what are you thinking, do you not see me?

I believe that you were assuming I was going to turn, but I didn’t. The van going north in the far right lane was approaching too fast, and I could be t-boned if I tried. I didn’t want to take the chance, but you did!

I pray for wisdom and presence of mind in life’s situations and the thought came to me to instantly drive into the clear left lane going north, and let you by.

I only got into half of the lane when you drove by. You were a quarter lane still in mine as you passed; my car felt the air of your truck go by, with absolutely no sign of you slowing down.

What if the lane I drove into had a vehicle in it? What if the lane you drove into had a vehicle also? I would have had no choice but to be a sitting duck for you.

I could not believe it! All I could do was shake my head over and over again, as I drove to my house. I found out my daughter had come home for a surprise visit, and I am so grateful it was not the surprise your careless driving was deciding for me.

I started to think about this instance and your Canada Day evening, and the whole instance started to sink in; I am so angry with you.

In retrospect, I should have turned around and followed you, taken you plate number, and called the police.

If you are driving a semi truck on assumption and speed, then you are an idiot! Yes, the word I hate to have people call others, but this is the proper context and setting to use it.

Your careless driving will catch up with you no matter what you are driving.

Someday, you will take out some innocent person(s).

God have Mercy on the rest of us with drivers like you on the road!

C. Gerwing

Red Deer