Letters to the Editor

Mother’s plea

February 6, 2007


To the editor:

This letter is regarding the importance of stop signs and stop signals. I hope that it helps just one family or young person.

During my years in Lawrence, I have witnessed many vehicles run stop signs or signals, at least one of which resulted in an accident. Signs and signals are in place for motorist safety and should never be ignored. The "I can make it" and "they'll wait for me" attitude seems to be the norm in this day and age. But I can tell you from experience that these attitudes kill.

I am a grieving mother whose son rarely, if ever, slowed down at a stop sign crossing a highway from a dirt road on his way home from work. We buried him Jan. 27 after he was broadsided by a semitruck. He left behind two daughters so young they'll never even remember their father or how much he loved them. He also left behind a family devastated by his loss.

The pain of childbirth is hard but is nothing compared with the agony of the death of that child in an accident that could have been avoided. What is the harm in just a few seconds at a stop sign or even a minute or two at a light if you're already late when it could mean your life or that of another driver?

Think about this please!

Leasa Schauer,



KS 11 years, 2 months ago

I am so sorry of your loss. Maybe your letter will be a reminder to us all. Thanks for sharing.

Rick Aldrich 11 years, 2 months ago

i agree. stop lights and signs are a thing of the past for traffic control. right turn on reds are an accident waiting to happen. people don't stop no more. everybody is in such a big hurry. we are sorryu for your lose of a loved one. like you said if your late your late. don't make others late. my oldest daughter was rear ended on iowa st. 3 years ago. she was pulling over for a emergency vehicle to pass her and a college student passed the emergency vehicle and hit her. he said he was not aware any laws to yeild to emergeny vehicles . he was issued 5 citations. just slow down people.

Jamesaust 11 years, 2 months ago

And yet people are "aggrieved" at having camera-issued tickets for running red lights -- not nearly as aggrieved as this mother is.

Dixie Jones 11 years, 2 months ago

I am so sorry for your terrible loss, I too know a young 16 yr old student whom i just spoke with yesterday about the very same issue she thinks stop signs are a pain .... i am going to copy your letter and give it to her. Thank you so very much for sharing your grief in order to help others god bless.

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