Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Slow down on Highway 75


    Highway driving always requires a little bit more attention than many people consider, especially this time of year. Weather, traffic and wildlife can make for some pretty hazardous conditions.
    I thought now might be a good time to remind people of the dangers they face while driving up and down Highway 75, especially since people are able to harvest wildlife that has been killed in traffic accidents. Because many of us aren’t seeing the animals lying on the side of the highway, maybe we’re not as concerned as we should be. Make no mistake, the deer and elk are still being killed constantly, in fact in one evening recently, three elk were killed on the road in just 30 minutes, one right at the wildlife warning sign. This is not an infrequent occurrence. Unfortunately, they weren’t all killed instantly and they had to suffer until law enforcement could dispatch them. A recent high school physics class even proved that there’s no way you’re going to be able to stop in time if you’re driving at 55 mph (or above).
    In addition to the high wildlife death rate, don’t make the mistake of minimizing the very high risk of injury and death to you and your passengers.
    So keep alert, drive slowly, don’t tailgate if someone else is driving slowly and pay attention to drivers’ flashing their lights in warning (don’t forget to return the favor). All of these things can make your commute a lot better for everyone.
Lara McClean
Ketchum Fire Department




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