LETTER: Drivers should slow down to save lives

Earlier this week in Qualicum Beach, I was approaching the traffic circle arriving on Rupert Road from the airport. I decided to err on the side of safety and use the crosswalk (while still on my bike) and was almost hit by a gravel/dump truck and had to throw myself off my bike in order to avoid being a statistic.

This truck was approaching the traffic circle from the opposite direction to myself and was exiting the circle immediately to turn up the Alberni Highway and he never looked or stopped just whipped around the turn and kept right on going.

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Drivers must remember to check the crosswalks as well as the road, otherwise more senior citizens, like myself, will self-isolate in order not to be a COVID-19 statistic only to find ourselves a traffic fatality statistic.

It would have been comforting had the driver stopped but that did not happen.

Slow down and save lives.

Terry Zaleschuk

Parksville

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