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Attention Drivers: What Makes Your Time More Precious than My Life?

Filed under: Living with a disability — by Glenda at 6:39 pm on Friday, September 24, 2010

Dear Careless, Inconsiderate Drivers,

When the driver in front of you has stopped at a marked crosswalk, chances are that someone – perhaps me – is crossing the street. Stop! Do not drive around the vehicle and keep going! Stop and wait!

Glenda Watson Hyatt in her red mobility scooterIf you can not see me in my big, bright red scooter attempting to cross the street, chances are you won’t see the parent pushing the baby stroller, the senior citizen using the walker or cane, or the child walking the dog. Surrender your driver’s license now! You are not fit for the privilege of driving.

If you are distracted by the cell phone, iPod, lipstick or razor, put the damn thing away, preferably in the trunk – beyond reach of temptation! Driving – with your own and others’ safety in your hands – requires your full attention. This is not the time for mindless multitasking.

If you are in a hurry, take a deep breath, count to twenty and wait! What makes your time more valuable, more precious than my life?

In a split second, you may judge my life in a wheelchair as not worthwhile, not valuable. But many others – around the world – would vehemently disagree and would be extremely upset and angry if you injured or killed me while I was crossing the street.

I was a hit-and-run victim once. A driver turned right as I wheeled down the curb cut. His van turned my entire scooter ninety-degrees. He drove off, leaving me trembling and with soft tissue injuries.

I was lucky that time; I survived. Next time I may not be so lucky. And why? Because you didn’t see me? Because you were distracted? Because you were in a hurry? What will you tell my husband, my parents, my brothers, my nieces and nephews, and my friends?

Crossing the street should not be the most dangerous thing I face each day.

Slow down, pay attention and put away distractions so we both safely reach our destinations.

Thank you for doing the right thing,
Glenda

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4 Comments »

Comment by Lucretia Pruitt

September 24, 2010 @ 8:29 pm

Sadly, the people who most need to read this probably never will.

I’m looking forward to the day that ‘personal force fields’ make you and everyone else in a crosswalk impervious to those idiots – and their own vehicles the ones that tip over when there’s a collision.

#steamingdownnow

Comment by Adelaide Dupont

September 25, 2010 @ 11:00 pm

Yes.

Great point that driving – and everything worth doing – requires full and focused attention.

Is there such a thing as mindful multitasking?

And it makes us think about the most dangerous thing we undergo every day.

Comment by Holly Salsman

October 25, 2010 @ 4:47 am

I couldn’t even count how many close calls I have had, thanks to distracted drivers, but I am fortunate enough to never have actually been hit. My dad’s friend wasn’t so lucky. She was crossing the street, in a crosswalk with a crosswalk LIGHT flashing, on her scooter, and she got hit by a motorist who wasn’t paying attention. Two broken legs, broken ribs, sprained wrist, concussion, lengthy hospital stay and several physio sessions later, she’s almost back to normal but it was such a sin. Something that could so easily have been prevented.

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