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It's beginning to look a lot like ...

December 19, 2008 - Steve Murch
... an accident waiting to happen.

I’m always amazed at how many people drive the same way during a snowstorm as they do when conditions are ideal. They don’t slow down, they don’t use turn signals (which is a whole different story) and they think everyone else on the road is doing it wrong.

As Alpena gets hammered with lousy weather today, the bad drivers seemed to be out en masse. They’re speeding along, sliding all over the place and jesturing to those who are driving like there is inclement weather. I saw someone pass another car on Washington Avenue (it’s a two-lane street), I saw a four-wheel drive truck gun it around the corner and hit the curb so hard he could have flipped the vehicle if he were going any faster. And I saw numerous cars driving too fast and sliding through STOP signs and into intersections.

The biggest issue, though, is the people who refuse to turn their headlights. Sure, you can see where you are going, but how about your fellow drivers? With visibility less than two blocks, it only makes sense to keep the headlights on so your fellow drivers can see you.

However, I shouldn’t get too upset at them because I saw a sheriff’s deputy driving down Washington this morning who didn’t have his headlights on either. Bad example. The irony is two blocks later I saw another sheriff’s car with its headlights on.


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