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Ah, the sounds of summer: birds tweeting, waves rolling in on the beach ... and unfortunately tires screeching.

The Bay St. George RCMP have been getting an increasing number of complaints about speeding and people driving vehicles in a way that is far removed from care and caution.

Yes, there are those who drive without due care and caution and not only endanger themselves, but also others who may be on or near the road they are travelling on.

Anybody can get behind the wheel of a car and push the gas pedal to the floor, however, it takes a driver with training and often times experience to drive safely.

When you have a vehicle with a powerful engine, one that smokes the tires when the pedal goes to the metal, then that vehicle is reaching high speeds in a short time but you better know how to control such a car or truck if you get to those speeds quickly. Unfortunately, each year there are a number of accidents because of people who seem to have that need for speed. Cars going out of control and hardly being able to be seen for the amount of tire smoke they are creating.

Of course, some of these people have their fans who provide encouragement to them and egg them on when they want to put off this display of power. Unfortunately, those supporters are enabling the speeders and reckless drivers in endangering themselves and others.

More and more these days, and especially with the technology that’s available now, people are reporting not only these speeders but drivers who are breaking the law by drinking and driving.

While some drivers might consider these people snitches, they are not. They are concerned citizens looking out for the safety of people on or on the side of the road.

Reporting such instances of dangerous driving really amounts to not being a part of the problem, but rather a part of the solution.

The easier thing is to stand by and say nothing and hope that you are not the person who has to witness someone being picked up off a street or sidewalk who has been struck by a speeder or reckless driver.

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  • Henry
    August 02, 2014 - 18:26

    Just today I was riding my motorcycle down the Hansen highway just outside Stephenville. When I approached a. white vehicle in the opposite lane. The vehicle crossed the centre solid line. By at least 2 feet just in front of us as we veered to the shoulder to narrowly miss impacting. From my observation he was looking down most likely attending to his cell phone texting I expect. What a way to get killed. Texting while driving. The police need to step up their patrols for this activity. Texters out there its my life do u get it?