Last Monday, I was traveling down Lakeport Road after work to my home on Shortcut Road out near the airport when I spotted a small dog lying on the side of Lakeport Road. It had been hit by a car. I stopped and a nice man who lives on Lakeport helped me put the dog in my truck. I rushed him to the vet but unfortunately he died. At least he didn’t die on the side of the road all by himself. I can’t imagine anyone hitting a dog and not stopping although my vet says 80 percent of people don’t stop. While the man and I were trying to help the dog, two more cars came whizzing down Lakeport right beside us. The man yelled at them to slow down. I understand how easy it is to speed on that part of the road which is the residential part. The first part of the road is by the airport runway and there are no houses and no marked speed limit. But as you approach the houses, the speed limit is posted as 35 mph. The road continues through these houses down to the lake and it is flat and down hill. It is easy not to pay attention and to go too fast. But there are people who live on this road and walk their dogs and children who play near the road and people who ride their bikes. A neighbor of mine who walks her dog frequently on Lakeport said people fly by them all the time. She called the sheriff’s office one time and they told her there was nothing they could do. So we are going to have to do it ourselves apparently. Please slow down. It was sad enough that someone lost his or her beloved pet on that road. I hope it doesn’t take a child, a walker or a bike rider being hit to make people change their driving habits.
Dr. Patti Tolbert