Thursday, June 20, 2024
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Call for end to reckless driving in residential areas

I would like to highlight the recklessness of certain drivers, especially in residential areas. What these irresponsible individuals do can alter the lives of those affected by their actions forever.

On the first day of Chinese New Year, our dog was run over by a speeding garbage truck. Her two front legs were crushed by the tyres, and the skin and flesh entirely torn from the bone. It was a gruesome sight. Imagine the amount of trauma for our dog.

We live in a quiet neighbourhood with only four houses. Due to a school in close proximity, children walk past our area daily.

However, this particularly driver changed all that; even before he ran over our dog, the residents had been filing complaints about his knack for speed on the narrow road leading to our homes. What if he ran over a child instead of someone’s pet?

After the driver hit our dog, he attempted to drive off but we managed to stop him. Despite our confrontation, he showed no remorse and refused to apologise for his action. As a matter of fact, he didn’t even want to get out of the truck to examine the damage he had done.

We contacted the police as well as the owner of the garbage disposal company. To avoid any disputes, the owner owned up to the mistake of his employee and agreed to foot the vet bills in police presence.

However, a few days later, the owner sent a text, claiming that the driver couldn’t be held responsible for what had happened to our dog and retracted his promise to pay for our dog’s treatment.

What troubled us wasn’t the medical expenses; it’s the fact that the company failed to understand the long-term implication of his driver’s recklessness. Had he learnt to slow down, our loyal companion of seven years wouldn’t have to endure the pain and suffering that she’s experiencing now.

We have noticed the number of road kills lately, most likely at the hands of reckless and irresponsible drivers. Thus, we urge motorists to abide by the speed limit to prevent a tragedy from happening again.

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