We’ve always told our son Drake that nothing good happens out on the road after 10 pm. If you must be out late, be very careful and if you get into an accident, don’t stop; just go to the closest police station. For a woman, I think this is even more important because we are viewed as being weaker than men. Now, I know quite a few women who could handle anything thrown at them but sometimes the element of surprise can turn the tables on anyone, male or female.
Last night, a woman got off of work late and was driving home about 1 a.m. She was involved in a fender bender near the intersection of highway 407 and Simmons Road in Double Oak. She was abducted and was forced to drive to an ATM to withdraw money. This ATM was 50 miles from where she was abducted. No one has seen her since. Most of this is conjecture based on circumstantial evidence but until they find her, they won’t really know for sure.
Why was she working that late? She apparently wanted to be able to leave a little early to go on a holiday vacation. Her co-workers escorted her to her car to make sure that she got that far safely. Was it really worth working until after midnight and driving home all alone? I think this has hit me very hard because I know I have done the very same thing in the past and I have felt very invulnerable. Today, however, the atmosphere is not the same as it used to be. In this economy, people are desperate and I really think that, until things turn around, crime is going to get worse in this country.
If you are involved in an accident, use common sense. Don’t stop until you get to a well-lighted, populated place. If your vehicle is disabled, roll up the windows, lock the doors, and call 911 quickly. Do not open the doors or windows until the police arrive. If you feel threatened by someone in this type of situation, blow the car’s horn to attract attention and stay in the car! Call a friend or family member and stay on the phone with them until the police arrive. Keep that phone line open so the other person can hear what is going on around you.
I have lost my mother this year. I do not want to lose anyone else in my life, especially now during the holidays. Take precautions now that you might never have thought of before. Please stay safe for your friends and family. Please stay safe for me.