Imagine being disabled, unable to stand or walk unassisted.
Imagine that you have to utilize a motorized scooter as your sole means of getting out into this community. This scooter is your chance at freedom, a chance to get out and enjoy life. Now imagine that you are out in your scooter on our roadways and are following the rules of the road, but are nearly hit in a crosswalk ó twice ó by careless and inattentive drivers who canít be bothered to wait an additional few seconds, a minute perhaps, and show some respect for this personís condition. Or for that matter, follow the laws regarding crosswalks and some common courtesy.
This is a scenario that was brought to our attention this week by a concerned member of this community. The text of her full letter appears on page 10 in our letters section.
This situation is unfortunately not an uncommon one in this community and many others. We have a senior and older population here on the Sunshine Coast. Many are fit, able-bodied seniors who donít have to use a scooter or other means in order to move about, but there are others who face this challenge. So why is it that so many drivers put others at risk by showing such a lack of respect for the general rules of the road?
When we received this letter and read this story we were appalled by the lack of human decency, even more appalled by the illegal way these drivers were travelling on our roadways.
And this scenario is but a drop in the bucket.
We have received several phone calls and emails recently from other concerned citizens about the lack of vehicle headlights. One lady from Roberts Creek called us pleading that we get something into the newspaper about many drivers in the Creek who drive without their headlights on. She said she was nearly hit several times while out walking because she couldnít see the cars coming in her direction and the drivers, for obvious reasons, couldnít see her.
We have also seen too many vehicles on our roads with only one working headlight ó and driving that way at nighttime, to make the situation even worse.
Another gentleman emailed us too about the lack of vehicle headlights on Coast roadways and how he would like to see our RCMP step up its enforcement against these drivers. And while we agree that some more enforcement could be an answer, isnít it up to the drivers themselves to make sure that their vehicle is in proper working order and that they follow the rules of the road?
It all seems like common sense stuff to us.