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Wake up, longboarders
From where I sit, which on the road is usually behind the wheel of a big red truck, it's not a matter of if but when a longboarder is going to be seriously injured or killed in Prince Rupert.
In the past few weeks, I've seen longboard riders run stop signs, speed onto McBride at intersections without so much as a shoulder check to see if the lane is clear, ride down 6th West at night wearing all black and move from one lane or side of the street to the other without any indication of their intentions. I've seen others quickly cross lanes to get away from police cars with lights flashing and sirens blaring.
And, of course, none of these boarders were wearing helmets as they careened down the street at who-knows-what speeds.
In a few of these cases, drivers have had to slam on the brakes. In one case, a bus had to suddenly jolt to a stop and was, fortunately, just able to do so while the boarder carried on as though nothing had happened. Those boarders were lucky the driver was being extremely attentive to the road. But it will take one driver not reacting in time to cause a world of hurt.
Obviously the boarder will be hurt, if not killed. The boarder's family, depending on the severity of the accident, will have to deal with the consequences. And the driver who struck the young man or woman will undoubtedly be devestated.
And when that happens, in many of the cases I've just explained, you would be hard pressed to put fault on the driver — although I'm sure the driver would blame themselves enough.
I know there are longboarders who ride safely and are considerate of others on the road. Frankly, longboarding seems like it would be an effective means of transportation in a town this size. But for those who take risks and ignore the rules, here is a simple yet immensely important message:
Wake up and think about what you are doing on the road before you kill yourselves or someone else.