CAMBRIDGE - ‚ÄúWho knew litter on P.E.I. roads could be life threatening?‚Äô‚Äô
That‚Äôs a question Betsy Morehouse of Cambridge, Kings County, is both asking herself and telling others as a warning.
Morehouse‚Äôs friend was cycling in P.E.I. last week when her front tire struck an empty beer can.
She was travelling downhill at the time and Morehouse said she was moving fast.
‚ÄúShe struck an empty beer can and it locked her wheel, throwing her over the handle bars,‚Äô‚Äô Morehouse said. ‚ÄúShe had a helmet on, of course, and she was dressed in proper clothing but she hit her forehead.‚Äô‚Äô
Morehouse‚Äôs friend is being treated for her injuries at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax.
‚ÄúHer progress is slow but encouraging. She‚Äôs getting physical therapy and speech therapy. She‚Äôs having trouble with her balance and I‚Äôm not really sure about her memory.‚Äô‚Äô
Morehouse said she‚Äôs speaking out in hopes that it makes people think twice about littering.
‚ÄúI think people mostly think when they litter it‚Äôs doing something to the environment, that it won‚Äôt affect them right now.
‚ÄúWhat‚Äôs important to consider here is that people can be hurt. She could have been killed and she could still have permanent damage.‚Äô‚Äô
Beyond that, Morehouse doesn‚Äôt understand why people would even want to litter in what she calls ‚Äúsuch a beautiful province.
‚ÄúPeople come here to bicycle but if they‚Äôre afraid they‚Äôre going to get hurt they won‚Äôt come.‚Äô‚Äô