Slow down in the rain

By From page A7 | November 09, 2012


Three times now — and twice in the past two weeks — I have come across accidents on Cold Springs Road at Mt. Shasta Lane. Two of these were single-car accidents that ended with the vehicles in the ditch on the west side of Cold Springs; the third, last Thursday, involved two cars. The common factor in all three incidents: wet roads. But please don’t think the accidents (a term I use very loosely) were caused by wet roads; no, the cause in each case was a person driving too fast for the conditions and not able to safely control their vehicle. The driver who apparently caused the most recent incident said, “I’m sorry; my brakes locked up.”

This particular part of Cold Springs Road is apparently more dangerous than others, and a friend who lives nearby told me that the County may hire an engineer to review ways to reduce the danger. That may be one answer, or a part of the answer. The real solution, though, is simple: slow down; when it rains, slow down more; when it rains for the first time, slow down even more.

I am very grateful that there were no serious injuries in any of these incidents. I am afraid, though, that one of these days I will not be able to say that. Please: slow down.


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