Column: Of human kindness

In this week’s Hats ‘n Spurs we relate a nice story about people helping a fellow Cloverdalian.

Column: Of human kindness

A reader would like to say “Hats Off” to motorists and passersby who rushed to the aid of a senior in a scooter who tipped over onto a busy roadway in downtown Cloverdale a few weeks ago.

Dennie Hartshorn says the light had just changed at the intersection of 177B and Highway 10, where shoppers were eager to enter Clover Square Village Mall, or continue on their morning’s rush.

Her heart pounded as she watched a man riding a motorized scooter fall to the ground, along with his machine.

It was around 11:30 a.m. on a Friday and she feared someone in a hurry would run him over – or would simply race off to their destinations, assuming someone else would help.

But to her relief, motorists in every direction stopped their vehicles, leapt out and rushed to the man’s aid. The man, who wore glasses and a reflective vest, was OK.

“I’m glad people didn’t drive away. People are still keeping an eye out for people,” says Hartshorn, who called The Reporter following the incident to share the uplifting news.

“It made me feel good that people were stopping.”

Drivers use caution

A new school year has begun, and with it come timely  reminders from the RCMP and from ICBC asking motorists to slow down in school zones.

It’s a dangerous time of year for kids, who are at increased risk from transportation-related injuries, says Cst. Janelle Shoihet of the White Rock RCMP.

She says until children are about eight years old, it’s difficult for them to assess whether a vehicle is moving or not, and assume cars stop instantly, among other alarming facts.

So drivers, please use extra caution, and watch for children, especially in and around school zones in the mornings and afternoons.

And parents, review the rules of the road with your children and go over their daily route to and from school.

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