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Your Views: Take caution when hitting brakes quickly to stop for yard sales
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Yard sales — we love ’em! No telling what you may find or what a deal you may make.

The biggest problem is the location and the amount of traffic you may encounter. There is always someone who is in a hurry to get where they are going while your mind is on the next “yard sale” sign.

A recent Saturday made us aware of the dangers of a sudden stop to go to a yard sale. We were going downhill on Cannon Bridge Road in the Clarkesville area; suddenly our “yard sale” fun had ended. A small yard sale sign had (possibly) been the cause of a tragic accident.

A pickup with a trailer full of furniture was in the ditch on the left-hand side of the road. This vehicle was upside down with only the wheels and the underside of the truck showing. The ditch was deep; no one could have gotten out even if they were alive. I’m not sure if there were any fatalities, but I don’t know how anyone could have survived in that pickup truck.

On the other side of the road, a small car was in the ditch and it also was on its top. Again, how anyone survived in that vehicle was a miracle. We never know when the Lord will call us.

I merely want to impress upon you the dangers of “yard sale hunting.” It may be somewhat connected to talking on your cellphone. If you see a sign, don’t take a chance on stopping if someone is close to your rear bumper; go past the location and make a turn around and go back. It would be much safer. And put on your blinker in plenty of time to warn the other drivers that you are making a turn.

As we pray for those who might have perished, we need to be more courteous to the other driver. Amen!

Roger Keebaugh
Gainesville

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