rm_Kingcat4U2 65M
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6/13/2006 6:31 pm

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6/14/2006 2:14 pm


Like a lot of other people on Monday, I had to be out driving while the area got whipped by the outer bands of tropical storm Alberto. The rain was coming down hard, letting up, and then seemingly coming down even harder than before. That pattern continued throughout the day without letup. The clouds over head were of the dark and malevolent variety, constantly swirling, blocking out any vestige of the normally powerful Florida sun. A dark, gloomy, rainy day if there ever was one.

A day where driving was fraught with extra hazards. Driving rain, standing water, occasional debris blown onto the roads by gusts from Alberto.
A day most people took extra care in driving, aware of the hazards. But not all.

I was amazed at the number of people who drove in those conditions and did NOT turn their lights on.
I'm sure most of them are fine people. For some, I'm sure it was just an oversight. Perhaps the stormy conditions caused enough anxiety that they simply forgot.

I saw mothers with children in the car with no lights. Young kids and older folks with no lights.
People driving very dark colored vehicles with no lights. All of them, taking a totally unnecessary risk. Making it harder for others to see them during hazardous driving conditions. Putting themselves a smidgeon closer to danger than they had to be, and doing the same to complete strangers.

A fender bender is bad enough. Causes all kinds of complications in your life that you neither asked for nor desired. Injury, possibly a fatality? That's a tough thing to live with, especially when it's pointed out that maybe, just maybe, it could have been avoided if your lights were on and others could have seen you. Knowing that you robbed a family of a loved one through such a simple act would be a terrible burden to carry for life.

So please, next time it's raining and storming out there, remember to turn your lights on and give someone else the opportunity to see you. It might not seem like much, but it could very well be the difference between life and death.

volcanoinu23 53M

6/14/2006 11:12 am

As law enforcement and frequent EMS responder, I echo your sentiments! I do find it kind of ironic that I had to replace both of my dim lamps at a Schucks yesterday after just one year of use. If my car is on the road, running, the lights are on. That is 28 for safety!

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