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Your Views: High speed chases can put innocent motorists in danger

POSTED: May 5, 2011 11:30 p.m.

I stood in total shock and disbelief yesterday as I watched a Hall County Deputy with his blue lights flashing and going at a very high rate of speed go into the lane of ongoing traffic to pass cars and cause an SUV to have to slam the brakes to avoid a head on collision with the deputy car.

Slamming the brakes resulted in a group of motorcyclists riding behind the SUV to wreck. The front rider hit the SUV in the rear end and the others went down an embankment. One of the cyclists was on a three-wheeler because he was paralyzed from the waist down already. This happened on U.S. 129 right in front of 129 Salvage around 3:30 in the afternoon.

The officer who caused the accident kept going. I don't know where he was going at such a high rate of speed that he couldn't give those in front time to give him passing room, but the chaos he caused could have left many dead victims. Thank God it didn't.

Then the officer who came to the accident was going to ticket the cyclist for hitting the SUV in the rear. He had no choice. The SUV either had to lock it down or hit the deputy head on.

I know that there are times that an officer getting to the scene of a crime or accident is important, but I surely don't think they should endanger the lives of others that way. And to those who don't have the good sense to get out of the way and let them pass, they are just as responsible if their had been a death caused. Crossing over into oncoming traffic just shouldn't be allowed, they have sirens and lights, and everyone knows to move over to let them pass. The officer could have been killed as well.

Had I not seen it with my own eyes, I would never have believed that could happen.

Kathy Ledford
Gainesville



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