LETTER: Left lane hog’s actions have dire consequences

Dear Editor:

Several months ago I was rushing to get to Lions Gate Hospital as I had been informed that my father had collapsed and was taken there via ambulance; by the look on the police officers’ faces, I knew it was very serious. I was trying to hurry, and I admit I was driving above the speed limit, but I was not excessively speeding.

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There was an older man driving in the left lane and blocking all the traffic behind him. I was trying to indicate that I wished to pass him, but I was not tailgating, nor was I driving aggressively in any fashion. He intentionally drove side by side with the car in the right lane and by the time I exited at Lonsdale Avenue there was a line of at least seven vehicles behind me, several who were quite agitated.

When I arrived at the emergency department at Lions Gate Hospital, I was taken to a side room and informed that my father had suffered a massive cardiac arrest, and that he’d just passed away a few minutes before I arrived.

To the left lane hog, I dearly want you to know two things: your selfish and illegal actions that day caused me to miss my father’s last minutes and a chance to tell him that I loved him. Your actions also caused drivers behind me to grow increasingly agitated and drive more erratically due to your actions.

Next time someone would like to pass you, do the decent thing and pull over — you have no idea why they wish to drive faster than you, and you have no idea the irreparable harm your selfishness can cause.

P.J. Chalabiani
West Vancouver

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