• 79°

Letter to the Editor: Manteo resident apologizes for driving error

To the Editor:

September 1, 2021

To all those who were in danger around 5:30 p.m. on this day when I slowly entered the intersection at Manteo Middle School through a RED light:

My sincere apology for making this careless mistake and my thanks to the Lord God Almighty who interceded this possible disaster that could have caused severe pain to many who were entering this intersection through the proper green light.

To the ones who stopped, and especially to the person who was definitely paying attention and swerved to the side to avoid me, I cannot thank you enough for your quick action. I am so thankful that I recognized what I had done and could quickly back up without causing any danger. But this was because all of you were patient and waited for me. As a person who taught Defensive Driving for 25 years while working for the National Park Service and taught Driver Education for eight years, this was the most embarrassing and should have never happened. It was one of those inattentive moments that we stress so much to every driver. To be a safe driver, you must have your mind on your driving at all times. This was certainly not the case in this incident.

Again, please know how sorry I am to have put you in this dangerous situation and I will certainly be more attentive to my driving from now on while thanking my Saviour for the blessing we all receive this afternoon.

A Manteo resident

Editor’s Note: While it is very atypical for us to run an unsigned Letter to the Editor, we made an exception in this specific instance. We felt the message the writer conveys about paying attention while driving is an important one that needs to be shared.

FOR MORE COLUMNS AND LETTERS TO THE EDITOR, CHECK OUT OUR OPINION SECTION HERE.

News

North Carolina nurse wins $216,614 Cash 5 jackpot first time playing

News

Dare County Planning Board reviews several items; hearing set for commissioners meeting

News

Dare EMS facilities slated for improvements or new construction

Hyde

Hyde County Schools’ 21st Century Community Learning Center highlighted as an exemplary program

News

North Carolina’s average gas prices up after slight drop in prior week

Crime

Georgia man accused of conspiring to defraud North Carolina Medicaid

News

Golden tilefish recreational harvest closes Monday

Lifestyles

Duck Jazz Festival postponed until next year

Crime

North Carolina man arrested for sex charges, probation violation

Lifestyles

Labor Day traditions continue for 75 years in Kill Devil Hills

News

Abandoned and derelict vessel removal project begins

Crime

North Carolina man sentenced to more than nine years in prison, three years supervised release for gun charge

News

FBI called in after human remains discovered in North Carolina

Crime

North Carolina mother and son charged with insurance fraud

News

Frisco Beach Access improvements underway

News

Kitty Hawk Town Council honors Willie Midgett honored for 15 years of service

Crime

North Carolina man sentenced to more than nine years in prison for firearm charge

Crime

North Carolina man charged in 2012 beating death of UNC-Chapel Hill student

News

Dare commissioners take financial action on beach nourishment, courthouse projects

News

The great horned owl: Looking out over Alligator River NWR

Lifestyles

Cape Hatteras Booster Club membership drive now open

Crime

North Carolina man arrested for splashing deputy with paint thinner

News

Tropical Storm Odette slogs offshore of mid-Atlantic coast

Business

Bayliss Boatworks delivers newest build, the 72’ Old Reliable