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Close call on Egan

Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2002

This is to the older gentleman in the small red car who turned on to Egan Drive outbound from Old Glacier Highway (hospital intersection) between 7-7:30 a.m. Monday. Perhaps you will read this and recognize the situation. We have the privilege of turning right on the red signal only if it is safe to do so. What you did could have been disastrous, causing a very bad chain-reaction, rush-hour accident.

The intersection signal was green for the outbound traffic. You turned right, rolling along at about 5 miles an hour. I had the right-of-way and was going 55 mph. I was unable to go around you to the passing lane because someone was coming up beside me at a high rate of speed. Luckily, I was able to slow down enough to allow you to move on. If I would have had to jam my brakes on to avoid hitting you, my car would have been dead in the water. I have a safety device in my car that cuts the fuel off if I jam my breaks on or hit anything/anyone. Had there been anyone behind me, they would have slammed into me, killing me, yourself and your passenger, and injuring many others. What you did was not safe, and perhaps you should consider giving up the driving privilege. Had I not been so shaken up, I would have gotten your license number and reported you to the police.

Mary White

Juneau



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