2002-04-27 / Letters

Too Much Tragedy Already

Too Much Tragedy Already

Dear Editor;

Although excited about the return of Spring, my anxieties for my children's safety are rekindled as they return to the outdoors on their tricycles and skates only to be endangered by the rampant hazardous driving habits of a number of local residents. The most outrageous of these offenses has been exemplified by the furious pace of several of the Shore Cab drivers, and multiple complaints to said employer appear to be a fruitless endeavor.

Within the last month, while my wife was carrying our 16-month-old across our street, she had to jump back on the curb to avoid being plowed down by a Shore Cab driver attempting to run his car at an Indy-500 pace down our dead end beach block. However, he was outdone this past weekend by one of his comrades that managed to get his car going from 0 to 60 in several seconds on the same stretch of road.

 I was standing with the 4 year old of one of my neighbors while we awaited the Mr. Softy truck (a much more benign reminder that summer is almost here). Upon seeing this racing cab, I put up a hand urging caution, as at that moment, many of the children on the block were coming racing out of their homes in the hopes of catching the ice cream truck. The driver must have misinterpreted my cue for caution, and perhaps thought that I was congratulating him on his breakneck speed, as my wave only served to have him increase his speed as he passed the truck. 

I am appalled at the recklessness exercised with such frequency by these local taxi rivers. While I am fairly certain that some of the cab drivers do drive within the limits dictated by both the law and by common sense, I have yet to see one, and am horrified by those that don't. I would think that they are trying to catch as many fares as possible, but cannot imagine that whatever few extra dollars they pull in could make up for the possibility of injuring or killing a child.  I strongly urge ALL readers, especially these drivers, to remember common sense in the streets this Spring and summer as more and more children come out to play. Rockaway has been through more than its share of grief and pain this past year and none of us need to suffer any senseless loss that could so easily be avoided.


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