Dear Editor,

At 4:55 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16 I was traveling south on San Juan St. in Trinidad Colorado. I approached the intersection with Colorado Ave. and stopped at the stop sign. I always take extra precaution at this intersection because it is complex. Colorado Ave. has two lanes going in both directions with a wide grass medium separating them. There are usually quite a few cars parked on Colorado Ave. as well, making it more even difficult to safely navigate.

As I sat at the stop sign observing the intersection, a car approached the intersection from the opposite direction, moving north on San Juan. To my shock the car flew straight through the wide intersection with no hesitation whatsoever!

The vehicle was not moving at an unsafe speed, but it did not slow at all (much less stop) at the stop sign, which was unsafe to the extreme. As I sat, staring at the car, it passed by me. The car definitely had a Dominoes sign on the roof. This Dominoes driver made a very bad decision/mistake.

Ironically, I was on my way to Central Park where there was a vigil for the three people who lost their lives in the recent tragic accident on Highway 12. These two incidents, together, reminded me that despite our frets over crime, drugs, war, disease etcetera, the most pervasive danger we face is the simple navigation of our public roadways.

I never met my grandfather on my mother’s side or a beloved cousin of my father’s, because they died prior to my birth in tragic and senseless auto accidents.

Roadway safety should be our top priority.

Chip Shirley


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