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De Luz Road full of adventures

 

Last updated 11/10/2006 at Noon



I am a traveler of De Luz Road Monday through Friday. I must confess that this road is, to say the least, an experience that I won’t soon forget. The mornings bring drivers in and out for the working people, and also school buses full of young teens and elementary school children. Do you have children on these buses? Well, if you do, I would be very concerned about some of the drivers on this winding road.

Every day that I travel this road to work or to go home I come across someone who couldn’t care less about their life, much less mine or someone else. I have on several occasions been almost run off the road because someone is tailgating me and chooses to pass on a blind curve and cross over the yellow line, which I know is against the law. Or did you drivers not read the same DMV book that I read and took the test on?

I have had a daughter-in-law and my granddaughter run off the road at night because of someone going over the yellow line, and not more than two months later she was in a head-on crash in a different area of Fallbrook, but it has caused her and our family a great deal of pain. The lady who hit her was cited with a DUI and had her 10-year-old son with her. She is now serving time in prison and her son has been removed from her custody. What kind of life is that for anyone to have to live through? Neither one of these families should have had to go through this kind of ordeal. Just think before you act…

I can even tell you the color of their vehicles and if they are women, men or teenagers. These older adults need to leave earlier to get to work and not cause these near-wrecks. If you haven’t noticed, on a day-to-day basis there are new skid marks on the road; trees have been hit; and fencing has been torn out. Or do you not pay attention to the road you drive every day?

Speeding is so dangerous, and if you ever hit someone and they get killed, maimed or crippled for life, can you live with that for the rest of your life? Or could your family and friends understand why you chose to drive so recklessly?

Now, let me just mention a few vehicles that I have encountered and maybe you will know if I am talking about you or a friend. Please let me say that I don’t drive fast but on that road in certain areas you can drive 40-45, but on the curves you need to slow to 25-30 mph. I have been passed by a red Toyota truck driven by a woman on the grade coming into town and other spots along that road. I have been passed by a small white pickup truck driven by a young man on curves, a silver oversized pickup truck driven by a 25-35-year-old man on a blind dip and a silver/off-white SUV just past the De Luz/Santa Margarita split (passing over the yellow line at a high rate of speed to get past my vehicle before meeting oncoming traffic). There are more, but these are the ones who have really caused me to write this letter because they have been so close to causing a wreck.

Life is too short for some people and I don’t wish to be one of them. All I ask is that you engage your brain before you step on your accelerator. It might even be you who dies due going too fast or passing at the wrong time.

This is my story about De Luz Road and I hope in the future it can be a better one. Thanks to all of you who do drive according to the law and try to make driving De Luz Road much better.

Kay Howley

 

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