Gathering Places


Wednesday, September 5, 2001

We are all guilty
of speeding

WHEN I drive anywhere, there are so many drivers speeding all the time. What is wrong with the majority of us? It's not just the teens speeding or the young adults --it's all of us.

People should get ready early when they need to go somewhere. Life is full of stress everyday -- you don't need to add to it. Cherish what has been given to you; don't lose it.

For young drivers, who want the thrill of racing: Don't do it. You have a lifetime to live; don't throw it away for a quick thrill. If you think you won't get caught or be the one to cause an accident, think again. You may never have a second chance.

I know that when you are driving and everyone else is going by swiftly, you drive faster to keep up. Then everyone is going way over the speed limit. At times when I am driving I don't realize how much my speed has increased, since so many people are speeding by. I make a conscious effort to stay close to the speed limit. Why have speed limits if people aren't going to abide by them?

Do you think that the speed limit sign is there just to be there? Do you want to be safe and arrive alive, or would you care if you got crippled or lost a limb or your eyesight. Why do you speed? Are you willing to give up your life today, tonight or tomorrow because we don't care anymore?

I care. I don't want someone to call me and tell me that one of my daughters has been killed or my grandchild or my husband. He works for the Honolulu Police Department and the police officers on the road are at risk all the time. They risk their lives for all of us every time they are on duty and even when they are not.

We all need to do something about speeding. We need to work together and do our part. The speed limit is there to help keep us safe. Life is too precious to throw it away.

For speeders, you don't learn because you think you will get away with it. You need to be stopped --all of you. Young drivers and older drivers, anyone who speeds endangers all of us. It is like a weapon that you think nothing about using and showing off to others.

No warnings, no sympathy, only severe punishment will stop this danger we are all living with. No second chances. I don't want to die, not right now.

Diane L. Favreau-Chung lives in Mililani.

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