Think twice before using a phone while driving

The pedestrian crossing at Kawkawa Lake Road and Sixth Ave is extremely dangerous

I love to walk in Hope and do so almost every day. There is a particular pedestrian crossing that is extremely dangerous- it is the crossing at Kawkawa Lake Road and Sixth Ave.

I have had a few close calls but on Nov. 13 I was astounded by the driver who, when I was halfway across the marked crossing, drove directly in front of me having obviously no idea I was there because she was talking on her cell phone.

I was so angered I watched the car turn into Cooper’s lot and followed it – unbelievably the woman was still talking on her phone. I knocked on the car window and the woman rolled it down and asked the person on the other end to “hold on.”

I asked this woman if she realized how close she came to making a huge mistake in her life (and mine!). She had no idea that I had been on the crossing and apologized profusely.

I told her that I had actually stopped to take her licence number down and report her to the RCMP. She was so shocked and apologetic that I instead cautioned her to think before using her phone while driving.

I am sharing this story in the hope that people will “think twice” before using a phone while driving!

Carol Chaulk,

Hope

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