Nancy S. Young
March 13, 2006
Reckless Driving in My Neighborhood
Our neighborhood is a place where we should be comfortable letting our children play, without having to worry about them getting hit by a reckless driver. If our children are in their on yard, there is still a chance for a speedy driver to loose control and hit one of them. On the street that I live on there is a great deal of children, of all ages, that ride bikes and play basketball. The children sometimes use the road to ride their bikes, because there is no other place for them to ride. Are we supposed to make our children stay off their bikes to satisfy the drivers, because people do not want to drive safe and slowly through our neighborhood? People will speed down the streets at a high rate of speed and then when they have to stop all of a sudden, they go into a rage. They should not be driving fast to begin with. Sometimes they start at one end of the street, accelerating to a high speed and landing in a non stop spin at the intersection. People have also raced against other drivers' side beside from one end of the street to the next. "What would happen if a child was in the street and they did not have time to stop? Or they ran into another vehicle or someone's house?" A person who drives in a reckless manner has no respect for someone or their property. My future mother-in-law, said: "It makes me very upset that there is lack of traffic control on our street and protection for my grandchildren as they play. Instead there is verbal abuse and fear." Our streets do not have sidewalks, so the children want to ride their bikes in the street. We have taught our children to ride on the edge of the street and to watch for cars, but also we are there with them. There are little children playing all around the neighborhood and we can not count the times we have screamed at the drivers to slow down, that...