MARCH 10, 1997

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Opinion

Passing rule saves lives

reckless driving Woodinville-Duvall Road can be a very busy road, and although it is only two lanes wide, at no time is it legal to pass a car around the right side, even if you are impatient for the car in front of you to make a left-hand turn. Please, please don't the mistake that the pickup truck made when it whizzed around my daughter's school bus today.
   Although the bus had its red lights flashing, and the stop sign was out, the truck still squeezed in between the bus and the shoulder of the road to quickly zoom past just as my daughter was ready to step off the bus. Had it not been for the quick thinking of the bus driver who saw the truck in the rear view mirror and grabbed my daughter's shoulder while yanking her backwards, she most likely would have been hit, and possibly thrown onto the road by somebody who just didn't have the patience to wait the extra few seconds that it would have taken for the bus to start up again.
   We are still shaking from the possibility of what may have happened, and sincerely hope that all of you reading this will think twice before passing on the right, and especially to never, ever pass a stopped school bus on the right, because that is where the children will be getting off.
   If you are the parent of a young driver, please review this law with them. Every life is precious, and together we can work to keep the roads safe for everyone.

Carmela Koeplin, Woodinville