Northwest NEWS

December 20, 1999

Editorial

Too many lives are lost

   Too many lives are being lost on the road that leads from Bothell into Kenmore! Something needs to be done. What can we do?

   There need to be some changes other than a speed reduction on the four-lane road/highway between Bothell and Kenmore. The speed limit has been lowered to 35 from 45mph, but still, people are dying.

   A good friend of ours just lost her life last night (12/15/99). She was 38 years old, and her life was so happy and full of joy. I'm not talking Christmas joy, just life's joy! She was in love with a very good man, and had a 16 month-old grandson, whom she adored! And now she is gone ... but very much not forgotten. But she lost her life on this very sharp turn, where about one life per month is lost. Let's just say that is about 12 lives per year too many!

   This lost life hurts many people, as does any life that is lost. But I will say this about the life that we just lost: she was a person who never had anything bad to say about anyone, nor have I found anyone with anything bad to say about her. She is very loved and will be very much missed by many friends and family. Many people can say that about a loved one, but she wasn't just anyone! She was a very beautiful person, one that brought joy to everyone she was around.

   And for her and all the other people who have lost life on that road, I say this: We need to do something! Okay, they changed the speed limit from 45mph to 35mph; that was a good step. But we still have a problem and it's a big one!

   What if it was your mother, father, sister, brother, or even worse--your child? Don't think it will never happen, because it can. And it could be someone you love and care about. Please, think about it! And then please, go and drive that road--not in the daylight, but maybe when it's pouring down rain and about 9:30 p.m. And if you feel totally safe, ask yourself this: Is my child driving on this road tonight?

   Something needs to be done! And someone needs to listen and hear and tack action! We are losing too many valuable lives on our own roads.

Kay Mydske & Judy Portteus, via e-mail