I was asked about the safeness of our islands recently. What do you say after all the recent tragic fatalities that have stormed headlines these days. The murder of the MHS guard Ballestros, the fatal accident of drunken driving in two recent occasions, the stabbing of a courtesy ride to a hitchhiker. My son says, "Is Saipan safe?"
Wow, what has our island come to. We always portray pride in how we love, how we carry ourselves as individuals, and how we wish for people to percieve the very nature of our hospitality. Where are we headed with these activities. Sure, the Highway Safety is now conducting more sobriety checks, but in my recent drive to Papago, I was behind yet, low and behold, another drunk driver on the road. I honked and honked to get his attention and he was with a few others. They ignored my presence of trying to get there attention. They speed up and leave me in a cloud of road dust. Now, what would you do if you were in such a situation? Call the cops, give your location and hopefully they catch up to them? I did not have my cel phone then, should I have followed them as they sped or slow down and show that I have no interest so they can drive slower and be more responsible.
Of course I wanted to follow, I wanted to call, I wanted to ensure that they get off the road as they may hurt others in passing. But think of it, a stretch of road from San Vicente to Capitol Hill, steep hills, blind spots, turns- lefts and rights, slick when damp or wet, you name the conditions of the road, it is found the
re. I see no Officers! No traffic personnel looking out for such eventful happenings, no law to put justice, peace and safety during this back road drive experience. It is pretty scary if you think about.
I know DPS is short handed, but then you have so many on a check point in one area and everyone else is fleeing to use alternative routes to drive. What do you do?