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Road Issues & Accidents

Recently, a friend of mine was killed in a motorcycle accident. This prompted me to think about a few things:

1. The distracted drivers, aggressive drivers, and the inattentive drivers

2. Motorcycles and others on the road

3. Weather Conditions and other hazards

I bring up the recent death of my friend because it brought the accident to my world – more personal if you will and it brings up some issues that we see on the road every day.

  • Any time we get behind the wheel, we are responsible for our actions
  • Talking, texting, eating, grooming, and other activities that take our attention off the road is dangerous not only to ourselves and our passengers, but to others on the road
  • WIth the nicer weather, we see more people on alternative forms of transportation – motorcycles, golf carts, 4-wheelers, cyclists, people on roller blades, skate boarders, and people out walking or running
  • If you notice dangerous behavior behind the wheel by an elderly relative, it might be time to have a talk with them about alternate forms of transportation (bus, shuttle, etc.)
  • It is not just bad weather that can hinder driving – Bright sunlight can make objects harder to see
  • Stop signs and yield signs are not optional – check both ways before proceeding
  • Keep the reckless driving off the road – same with road rage. Report aggressive drivers
  • Pull over at a well lit place to rest, take a call, text, look up directions, or to eat that burrito that takes two hands
  • Look closely for motorcycles and other types of smaller vehicles – we all have a responsibility to know what is going on around us
  • Don’t drink and drive – have a sober driver
  • Lights on for safety
  • School is out, watch for more pedestrian activity and people/pets darting out on residential roads
  • Talk to your children about looking both ways before crossing the road
  • Invest in good sunglasses – there are now glasses that make it easier to see at night
  • Buckle up – we all know of people who have survived because they weren’t wearing a seatbelt but, that is not the norm
  • Report dangerous or inattentive drivers
  • Maintain a safe following distance

You may wonder what the above has to do with emergency management, there is a link. An accident with a truck or train hauling hazardous material can impact more than just those involved. Anhydrous trailers and other forms of fertilizer are out and about on our roads, situational awareness on all drivers may help prevent or minimize accidents with farm equipment/trailers. This keeps our emergency responders out of danger, keeps traffic moving, and may help get everyone to their destination

So, this summer, lets try to keep Foster County safe and keep your family safe when traveling. Be aware of what is around you, buckle up, and don’t text and drive.


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