My Shout: How dare you

Charlotte Guedry
Charlotte Guedry

Throughout the last six months or so, many reports have come across my desk that leave me both angry and upset.

It’s difficult sometimes to be a journalist. It’s hard to put your own personal opinions aside when you read stories that need to be covered, but make your so angry and sad, you could spit!

For these last six months, there have been a number of reports where people have lost their lives, or cut short the lives of others, simply by being careless when driving.

Of course, my first reaction is upset. I am saddened for these people, and their families. After the news sinks in, though, I am mad.

When we get behind the wheel of an automobile, we have a responsibility to maintain that vehicle and drive it to acceptable standards.

This is why they don’t give licenses to children. They are not prepared for the responsibility that goes along with operating a vehicle.

Tests are given in order to ensure that we are driving as we should. As soon as the test is passed; however, we are on our own. It’s up to us to make the decisions that may save or take our lives, or the lives of others.

I get angry as I think, ‘how dare you.’ How dare people with no thought about the rest of us on the roads get behind the wheel.

We share the road, you don’t own it.

I use my car a lot in my line of work. I travel here, there, and everywhere covering events and news stories so that I can share them with my readers.

Lately, though, I worry when I’m behind the wheel.

Too often I have seen someone speeding down a road, and having to slam their brakes on to avoid a collision with me. And guess what, I wasn’t driving slowly, but I was driving the speed limit. How dare you. I’m being safe. How dare you jeopardize me.

Too often has someone pulled out in front of me, or swerved into my lane because they are texting or not paying attention. Then they giggle and wave as if to say they’re sorry. How dare you. How dare you act like your actions, which are irresponsible, can be so casually laughed off.

I guess my point in all of this is to say that those of you who don’t pay attention to the laws in place to protect each and every one of us have absolutely no right to put me in situations where I am frightened. How dare you.

Slow down. Watch what you’re doing. If not for yourselves, do it for those that love you, because if you don’t, I promise you, it’s going to be your name that comes across my desk sometime soon.

Charlotte Guedry is Editor of the Gonzales Weekly Citizen. You can reach her by e-mailing editor@weeklycitizen.com.