(A few months ago, I think, there was a fatal accident on the interstate that killed all but two members of a family on the way to a wedding. About an hour ago, there was another accident on the interstate less than a mile away from the site of the first. This time involving three tractor trailers. I don’t know of any fatalities as of yet, but there are injuries reported. This two-lane stretch of highway is only thirty miles long and responsible for fourty percent of the yearly deaths on Kentucky roads. Not all accidents can be prevented, but there are some things you can do to mitigate the potential for an accident. So here are some tips if you ever find yourself on this saddest road that even Michelin Tires cannot make happy:
1.) Be respectful of tractor-trailers at all times, it is not a coincidence that the worst of the accidents involve trailers.
2.) Don’t rush, that’s when accidents happen. If you’re not familiar with the road ahead, consult maps or your global positioning system.
3.) Don’t be too slow, the traffic in this area has its limits, going too slowly is a danger in itself.
4.) Give yourself extra time. You will never know the weather condition, the obnoxious drivers, broken-down cars, or other accidents. Just by having the time to be patient can save you from a world of trouble.
It’s good advice for even the best of roads. I suspect though, that there is going to be an outcry for action. This dangerous road cannot remain as it is for much longer. I know that I certainly won’t relax when I drive that road until the fourty percent is decreased to five or ten percent. I honestly doubt the local supersition of a Native American burial ground is the cause of the problems. I just think that something ought to be done.)