Bad Red Deer drivers put humans and animals at risk

Every day I, like many others, take Kerry Wood Drive as a shortcut from Taylor Drive to Edgar Industrial park.

Every day I, like many others, take Kerry Wood Drive as a shortcut from Taylor Drive to Edgar Industrial park.

I often see wildlife along the side of the road — mostly foxes and deer — and most days it’s the same doe with her two babies. Most people instinctively slow down when they notice the deer; we all know that they sometimes run onto the road unexpectedly, and I suspect some of us slow down just to get a better look at the extremely cute, tiny fawns.

Sadly, on my drive to work on a recent morning, I saw that one of the fawns had been struck hard and run over by a vehicle.

With this tragic image burned in my mind, I’m reminded of what I already know: people drive too recklessly in Red Deer. Especially on Kerry Wood Drive, where the speed limit is 50 km/h, drivers tear through at 70, 80, even 90 km/h — however fast they feel like going.

I constantly get cut off and tailgated by people who are in so much of a rush they don’t care about how much of a hazard they are.

Usually bad drivers are only a minor annoyance for me, but seeing that poor fawn on the road was too much.

Slow down, people. Getting to your destination five minutes later won’t kill you . . . but driving like an idiot will likely kill someone else.

Lindsay Angelstad

Red Deer

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