So sorry for respecting the speed limit
| Posted: Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 06:00 am
To the driver of a full-size black 4X4 GMC, driving eastbound on the Villeneuve Road toward St. Albert Trail last Saturday at 1:40 p.m., I owe you an apology.
I donít know what possessed me to be in front of you. You see, from a distance, your vehicle looked just like any other. I had no way of knowing that you were driving it. But I realized, after you caught up with me, that my driving at 10 km/h over the speed limit was not fast enough for you. I know, I know, the RCMP never have a speed trap at the Trail and Villeneuve road. I could have been driving much faster. Would 20, 30, or even 40 km/h over the speed limit be enough for you?
Iím sure, though, that you noticed, even from the distance, that the light at the intersection was stale green. Or maybe you didnít because, when I came to a stop at the stale yellow light, you gave me an impatient horn. My apologies for not going through on the light that would have turned red before I cleared the intersection. Frankly, I donít know what the City of St. Albert was thinking for putting traffic lights at that intersection. After all, St. Albert Trail could hardly be described as busy.
Believe me, I was keenly aware of how disappointing my driving must have been to you. Your one-finger salute was a good reminder that I must do better. Where do you propose I should start? Talking to the City about eliminating speed limits and traffic lights? After all, they are such a nuisance. Or asking the RCMP to give you an escort whenever you go somewhere? It really must be unbearable to you to have to contend with those of us who at least try to follow the rules of the road.
Mark Logar, St. Albert