CAMBRIDGE - â€œWho knew litter on P.E.I. roads could be life threatening?â€™â€™
Thatâ€™s a question Betsy Morehouse of Cambridge, Kings County, is both asking herself and telling others as a warning.
Morehouseâ€™s 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.
â€œShe struck an empty beer can and it locked her wheel, throwing her over the handle bars,â€™â€™ Morehouse said. â€œShe had a helmet on, of course, and she was dressed in proper clothing but she hit her forehead.â€™â€™
Morehouseâ€™s friend is being treated for her injuries at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax.
â€œHer progress is slow but encouraging. Sheâ€™s getting physical therapy and speech therapy. Sheâ€™s having trouble with her balance and Iâ€™m not really sure about her memory.â€™â€™
Morehouse said sheâ€™s speaking out in hopes that it makes people think twice about littering.
â€œI think people mostly think when they litter itâ€™s doing something to the environment, that it wonâ€™t affect them right now.
â€œWhatâ€™s important to consider here is that people can be hurt. She could have been killed and she could still have permanent damage.â€™â€™
Beyond that, Morehouse doesnâ€™t understand why people would even want to litter in what she calls â€œsuch a beautiful province.
â€œPeople come here to bicycle but if theyâ€™re afraid theyâ€™re going to get hurt they wonâ€™t come.â€™â€™