Hello Ms. Keary,
Maybe there was a better way to contact the paper with an opinion, but I will hope this gets to you and possibly to a larger audience. As I sit down to write I am shaken – while out this afternoon, I was a passenger in our car with my 16 year old daughter behind the wheel, (she has completed driver’s ed and has been driving for a few more months to gain more experience) and we were confronted with road rage right here in Monroe. I have always warned her about the driving hazards in the larger cities, such as Bellevue or Seattle, but I have found that unfortunately some of the most pressure and strife has come from driving in our own town.
With her student driver bumper sticker clearly visible, she was driving the speed limit up Florence Acres Road, but we were still tailgated until she was finally able to get in the proper lane to make her left-hand turn. At that point we were almost hit by the van following closely behind us and then screamed at by the driver in a pickup truck behind the van. We recently moved from a home in the Old Owen/Florence Acres area to another part of Monroe and it’s been a relief. Driving on either of those roads and trying to go the speed limit or even up to 10 mph over the limit is sometimes not fast enough for many people going either direction in that area. I know I get impatient myself at times but this kind of impatience can only lead to serious injury or something worse. My daughter was obeying the law but was penalized by her fellow drivers for doing so. I am thankful I was there and was able to talk her through it this time. My hope and plea is that as our city grows and driving becomes increasingly difficult, that we don’t lose courtesy and respect for one another in the process. We all have places to go and schedules to keep but I want us all to get there safely.