A good friend to many in Norwalk, Mike Hefferan, was killed Thursday in Westchester County when someone ran a red light and plowed into his car. Mike was one of the kindest and most gentlemanly individuals, and his loss is a great loss for Norwalk.
Every day, when I drive in Norwalk (and surrounding towns), I witness the bold flaunting of the rules of the road that have made this region like the Wild West. People run red lights, ignore stop-sign etiquette, tailgate and pass illegally, drive way over the speed limit, and in general take out their anger on the road—every day—as if traffic laws are mere “suggestions.”
We are driving vehicles that are capable of causing injury and death when driven irresponsibly, and when our fellow citizens do not obey the rules of the road established for our safety, we have anarchy—and possible danger and death. As in the case of dear Mike Hefferan, a Norwalker.
I recommend a city-wide discussion and education program to REMIND Norwalkers of their duty on the road toward one another: Respect and patience, so lacking in our society today. That’s all it takes to be civilized, and safe. How can we help one another with daily anxiety and stress that make us rush around and take risks on the road? These are questions I believe we can find answers to, and a problem we can solve. We need to air it out and talk about it. Then implement some sort of remedy.
To our Mayor and Police Chief: Thank you for putting your attention on this matter, reminding citizens of their duty to respect the rules of the road, to eliminate the risks. This is a quality of life and safety matter of great importance so we do not lose any more outstanding citizens, like Norwalker Mike Hefferan, the world needs.
With respect for our great city of Norwalk,