Job of parents to teach children dangers of motor vehicles

I would like to respond to the numerous letters regarding speeding in Sylvan Lake.

Dear Editor,

I would like to respond to the numerous letters regarding speeding in Sylvan Lake.

While I agree wholeheartedly about speeding in Sylvan Lake — it happens way too often in school zones and residential areas — we, as parents, need to teach our children road safety!

I have two children who scooter and ride their bikes to and from school, so I know all too well that at times it is extremely scary, however, we have taught our children that it is their responsibility to behave accordingly when on the same roads as vehicles.

Legally, pedestrians have the right of way, however, when you’re laying under a vehicle, hurt or dead, the right of way becomes a moot point.

I can’t count the amount of children who have run out from behind a parked vehicle into the street to catch their soccer ball. I’ve also driven behind skateboarders who feel the need to weave from one side of the street to the other down Old Boomer Road.

Ultimately, it is our job as parents to teach our children the dangers of motor vehicles. We have taught our children to respect the road rules, but to also remember that vehicles can kill, so, make eye contact with the driver before you cross the road and make sure the driver sees you BEFORE you step off the sidewalk.

Just sayin’ …

Samantha Montalto,

Sylvan Lake