Please let others know that good people make good things happen. Thank you for all for your help, support and good neighborliness.
Drivers, put the brakes on flip-flops
On Sept. 13, as many of us do every day, I was driving in flip-flop sandals. I was in the process of leaving the Whole Foods parking lot to turn onto Ocean Avenue in Laguna Beach, and after waiting for an opening in traffic, I began to pull out of the driveway. As I switched my right foot from the brake to the gas pedal, the flip-flop on my right foot wedged behind the brake and twisted.
When I tried to dislodge the sandal, the top portion of the sandal applied full-throttle pressure to the accelerator, shooting my car across Ocean Avenue and into a parked car. The impact created a deafening and frightening sound, deployed the air bags and jammed me into my seat.
Within minutes, I was being assisted by police, fire and paramedic personnel, and then taken to Mission Hospital, where I was also well-cared for.
It is difficult for me to consider what could have happened if my car had struck a sidewalk full of pedestrians rather than a parked car.
I share this terrifying personal experience to caution others of the dangers of driving in flip-flop sandals. The potential for danger is not worth the ease and comfort flip-flops provide.
Lastly, I received good advice from one of the officers who came to my aid. He simply stated that when he is wearing flip-flops, he slips them off before driving and added, "It is not against the law to drive barefooted."
Enough with Irvine, already
Re. Sunday's Daily Pilot: I have written previously, and so have others, about the coverage of "everything Irvine" in the weekend editions of the Pilot. You have really outdone yourself on Sunday. Practically, the entire edition are topics about Irvine. If you want to create The Irvine Pilot, that's fine, but your readership revolves around Newport-Mesa.