Monday, April 27, 2009

Up On My Soapbox

So yesterday afternoon the family and I are enjoying a relaxing afternoon in the comfort of our air conditioning since it was 90+ degrees when we hear a horrible racket outside. So the hubby looks out to find out was going on but didn't see anything immediately except a bunch of our neighbors standing near the street and a lot of cars stopped. After a few minutes of being completely oblivious to the fact we finally realize our mailbox is gone! Our neighbors saw the whole event unfold before them. One of the lovely drivers that like to speed down our street had gone off the road, tried to correct, went airborne, took out our mailbox and our neighbors mailbox, then managed to regain control and came to a stop sideways on the road out front. He then proceeded to back up and go along his way. Luckily one of the nice people in our neighborhood saw it happen got his license plate and I believe said something to the guy who eventually turned around and came back almost 5 minutes later. This driver was very lucky that he did not hit that guardrail you can see in the first picture because he likely would have ended up down the embankment in the creek.

Now here is my soapbox, or I guess you could call it that. We have been living in this house for about 3 1/2 years now, it is nice family neighborhood with an elementary school and high school and although you see the double yellow lines in the picture the speed limit is 25. I think maybe 50% of the people that travel this road daily go the actual speed limit which completely infuriates me. And many of those drivers speeding are actually the bus drivers that carry the children to and from school everyday, or the parents trying to get their kids there on time. Even though there have been several incidents like this to happen on our street the police presence has not increased. I even felt like one of the officers we spoke to yesterday could have given a hoot about the incident and was ready to get on with their day.

So what is a law abiding, tax paying resident supposed to do? Well, for the time being I guess I must not allow the kids to play outside or get the mail when there is any traffic coming. Who knows when some wackjob on their cell phone, going 10 to 20 miles over the speed limit around a pretty decent curve is going to plow you over. So here is my PSA for the day ~ If you or anyone you know likes to speed in residential areas, where children play, slow the F*&% DOWN!!! Thank you, and we now return you to our regularly scheduled program already in progress.

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