Myra Faye Turner, Writer
Something has been on my mind lately. Every day as I travel to and from dropping my son at school, I notice a large number of people speeding through the school zones on my route. I don't understand why an adult would jeopardize hitting any pedestrian let alone a child. What upsets me even more is the number of cars that pass me up with children in the car! Unfortunately, I have witnessed school buses and vans doing not heeding the zone. Same for people driving company vehicles. There's a reason we have school zones.
Yesterday on my way home from dropping Tyler off, six cars speed past me. One driver had the nerve to look all crazy at me, like I was doing something wrong. I normally don't take pleasure when bad things happen to others but I have to say, something happened yesterday morning that made me happy. It was a a case of "God don't like ugly". At least in my mind. Here's what happened. I was driving a few blocks from a school zone. I was on a three-lane street in the center lane where the right lane ends as soon as you cross the traffic light. As is customary, many people in the lane that's ending will speed up to get in front of the car in the middle lane. So this crazy maniac came zooming past me and continued to drive like a fool even through the school zone. He was going so fast that he literally popped up a big chuck of the street (there was a pot hole already there). I had to literally swerve to avoid hitting this big ass chunk of granite or whatever the hell the streets are made of. But I digress. At this point I'm screaming and cursing and I swear if this was one of those times when he was driving a company vehicle, I would have dropped dime on him. Any whooo. When we made it to the end of the street, lo and behold, old boy was pulled over on the side of the road and was under the front of his car. Apparently, he had caused some damage to the undercarriage of his vehicle (one could only hope it was severe enough to hurt his wallet). I felt like pulling over and giving him a piece of my mind but you know how crazy people are so instead I kept driving , but this time I had a smile on my face.
Even on days like today when it's dark and rainy outside, people still sped through the school zones. I don't get it. School zones are there for a reason. They protect our kids. Hell, they protect your kids. Drivers, the next time you think about speeding through a school zone, stop and think . Whenever you're going, it will still be there when you arrive.