NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio – A North Ridgeville officer has perspective on what it means when parents tell their kids to “drive safe.”
The officer says they know because they’ve had to tell too many parents that their child has died in a car crash.
An officer shared those feelings in an emotional post about stopping a speeding teen driver.
The officer says the driver was going 100 mph on State Route 10. The posted speed limit is 65.
“Part of your soul disappears every time you have to tell parents that their kid is dead,” the officer wrote.
“I don’t KNOW your parents, but I know them. I know that when you leave every day they say ‘Be careful. Drive safe.’ Those aren’t just words. That is the very last act of them pleading with you to come home safe,” the officer continued.
The post is an important reminder for everyone.
North Ridgeville resident Teresa Dreamer applauded the letter and was disturbed by how fast the teen was going.
“Oh my goodness that’s way too fast. He should lose his license I think,” Dreamer said.
Dreamer said she’s always careful when riding her scooter and that a driver going 100 mph is a tragedy waiting to happen.
“Oh someone could’ve been hit and killed. It’s no wonder he wasn’t killed. You don’t know and me riding on my scooter you have to watch out for people like that,” Dreamer said.
One motorist said he’s grateful police stopped the wild speeder before he killed someone.
“Thank you to North Ridgeville’s finest. I appreciate you for making our community safer,” he said.
The North Ridgevile police officer, who didn’t sign his name to the letter, ended his letter by writing , “Slow down. Please. You are not invincible. I promise.”
***You can read the letter in its entirety on Facebook, here***