What does STOP really mean?
The other day Gary and I were leaving our home and going through the neighborhood (which has a lot of twist and turns). Just as we were going up a little hill a HUGE garbage truck was coming down the hill. I said to Gary - well that guy is bigger than your truck so be careful, jokingly.
By then we were within a seconds of passing the stop sign (above). Within a blink of an eye a younger gal went through the stop sign on a small motor bike and took a right turn on Pershing - within seconds of the huge truck coming down the hill. She didn't do a 'rolling' stop or even look to see if anyone was coming down the hill. She flew around the corner. I could see the panic on the garbage man's face as we were right there - OMG I'm going to hit her. He was within 12 feet of her heading directly towards her - straight on. He slammed on his brakes and missed her by a second, maybe three. Had he hit her it would have been all over for her. Can you imagine how the truck driver would have felt if that had happened.
What did the gal do? She didn't even notice anything had happened! She just kept going, turning around another corner with no stopping or looking. I have no idea where she lives as I've never seen her around the neighborhood. If I did I would have made a point to stop by and talk with her and her parents and explain to them what we witnessed in hopes she would change her ways in the future, while she still has one. Very serious stuff, especially with teens who think they are invincible.
This young gal could have died. That's what a stop sign means. STOP.
Please remind your loved ones to - PLEASE - JUST STOP. You may save a life.
What does STOP really mean? A story of life or death...
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
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