Letters to the Editor

Letter | Drivers on West Mercer Way need to slow down

In just one week, I saw a dog lying in the road after having been struck by a car, and had a colleague hit head-on by a teenage driver as she drove to my house. Both accidents were on West Mercer Way, a residential street with a speed limit of 35 miles per hour.

Today I was mentally composing this letter and trimming some brush around our neighborhood mailboxes when a laughing teenage boy in a silver SUV intentionally drove over a traffic cone we’d placed along the road since my wife and I were working with our 6-year-old daughter. I write as a parent to ask all Islanders, and especially parents of young drivers, to remember that driving a two-ton hunk of steel with several hundred times the power of our own bodies requires caution and responsibility.

Peter Mostow

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus

Read the latest Green Edition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Jul 30 edition online now. Browse the archives.