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Consider This, 101 Drivers


Since I don’t know of any other way to communicate with him, I am hoping that the driver of a small, silver Chevy sedan might read this and perhaps realize what a danger he created on our roads. On Sunday evening, July 21, beginning around 4:30, his driving on 101 Southbound was erratic enough to cause serious concern. We encountered him first just north of Gaviota, tailgating and weaving, twice narrowly avoiding sideswiping our car. At times he was almost driving on the shoulder; then he was straddling the center line coming into close contact with cars in the right-hand lane. Fearing that an accident was imminent, we made two calls to 9-1-1 reporting the description, location, and license number of the car.

We left him continuing on 101 when we exited at Turnpike to stop for dinner, relieved that we were no longer sharing the road. When we resumed our travels about an hour later, I was relieved again not to see the car crumpled on the road. I presume that the driver and his passengers made it to their destination. I would like that driver to know that he can thank whatever angels were watching over him as well as the drivers on the freeway who used their defensive driving skills to avoid him. Otherwise, there might have been a disaster. Responsible driving means not only making sure that the driver is in a condition to drive safely, but also having consideration for the safety of fellow travelers.

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