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Schoolchildren endangered by bad drivers

I am constantly aware of the horrific traffic practices of many of our local citizens. I do not mean seniors — I mean you people that just do not care about our traffic laws and go onto our roads as if you were the only ones there.

You are passing on the right side, cutting in front only to turn right after doing so, running red lights, driving single in the HOV lanes, using these lanes for passing, yelling out of your auto as you pass another, weaving all over the lanes, jumping up and down as you drive to the rock tunes on the radio that you have blaring for Tacoma to hear. Complete disrespect of others.

However, this following information is something you all should reflect upon to see what can be done. It is an intolerable situation:

Your bad habits are going to kill our children.

On Sept. 4, at the corner of 28th Avenue South and South 288th Street at 3:45 p.m., an elementary school bus stopped to let the students off. The bus displayed the red blinking lights and the side stop sign, and off the students came. One mother had crossed 288th to escort her’s across the street, and not 30 seconds after she had safely crossed, with students still exiting the bus, a red car, a blue car, a black car and a pickup truck raced right on by in the outside lane.

Then –– and believe this –– a pickup that had been stopped for the bus swerved into the outside lane and went along its merry way, as well.

Where are your brains? Not only was the bus very visible, but there were two lanes stopped behind the bus facing east, and the inside lane facing west was backed up with stopped automobiles.

You four idiots chose to just sail on by, even though you certainly would have seen all the signs of “caution,” “stop,” “kids.” Were you sitting on your brains?

My grandfather had a wonderful saying. I suggest you, that are in such a hurry so as to leave your thinking behind, should remember this: “if he had left five minutes before, he would be there by now.”

I would be happy to see unmarked police cars follow some of these school buses and catch those drivers. I would also be happy to see some of the police motorcyclists that are “out of sight” to catch the speeders do the same for the school buses. Isn’t the protection of our next generation worth it?

Marian DiPietro

Auburn West Hill

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