Speed limits have a purpose; pay attention

Dear editor, Shortly before 10:30 on Friday night, Sept. 5, a vehicle travelling north in the 1500 block of South Wall Street, hit and killed a small six-month old puppy. The driver may or may not have realized what happened, but you finished breaking the heart of an elderly handicapped women. This puppy, named Frolic, never chased a vehicle, but loved to chase cats. Frolic stayed in the back yard when he went outside. They had just returned from an out- of-town trip and Frolic had been sitting quietly beside his mistress’ scooter. Suddenly, Frolic must have seen a cat, as in a split second, he was gone and lying limp in the middle of the street as a vehicle passed. The driver never hit his brakes nor returned to say, “I’m sorry.” Before I could get Frolic out of the street, ball game traffic, plus opposing traffic became heavy. I stood in the middle of the street over the puppy, signalling the vehicles to slow down or stop long enough to remove Frolic. The traffic didn’t bother to heed my signals, except for the last two or three. Thank you to those who did. I took Frolic to the edge of his yard, but it was too late to help him. There are only six blocks of Wall Street between two stop signs. The speed signs read 30 m.p.h. Many times, people (not just teenagers) travel this street as if it were a raceway. Next door to me live a family with two pre- school boys. The little ones have repeatedly been instructed not to get into the street, but sometimes they forget. Please do not let your speeding or careless actions cause the death of a child or another person’s companion. Slow down and drive carefully, especially through residential areas. At 10 m.p.h. over the speed limit, it will take you a full hour to reap 10 minutes of time. It will not save you many minutes, but it could save a lot of heartaches. Sincerely, DORIS JONES, Brady, Tex.

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