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Let's be careful out there

July 18, 2013 - Rob Weaver
Seneca County roadways are about to get extra attention from the state in order to improve safety.

It's not the investment in road improvements one of our county commissioners has been hoping to obtain. But it may be the type of allocation we need, and possibly deserve, to improve the most crucial element in motor vehicle safety.

The driver.

This week, another tragedy on county roadways claimed two more lives. With the year barely half over, that puts us on a pace to double last year's toll. It is a trend that the patrol wants to reverse, and soon.

In Seneca County, according to the patrol:

• in 2011, three fatal crashes killed five people.

• in 2012, eight crashes, killed 10 people.

• in 2013, five crashes have killed eight people so far.

Soon -- possibly Friday -- Ohio Highway Patrol troopers from nearby posts will be working overtime in Seneca County in the hopes of compelling motorists to drive more safely. The goal isn't to hand out tickets. The objective is to watch for, and call attention to, careless driving.

Apparently, drivers in our county need to exercise more caution, and the added patrols may prompt residents to be attentive and cautious when piloting a motor vehicle.

Don't just take my word for it. Here are the views of a local resident who is a nurse AND a paramedic. He was moved to offer these thoughts this afternoon:

“Seneca County has seen way too many fatal accidents this year. Much more than its share. Statistically, Seneca County is in the running for the highest per capita roadway fatality rate in the state.

“But the statistics do not reflect the emotional toll that it takes on our community.

“Few of us have not been touched in some way by the death of someone we knew or was related to someone we know. We see it in the eyes and expressions of our friends and neighbors.

“And it hurts. All of us.

“From our friends and neighbors to first responders, the EMTs and firefighters to the reporters who follow the events, no one is immune to the devastation of lives lost.

“Most importantly, there’s something we can do about it by being more careful.”

Far too often, driving is seen as a competition rather than the cooperative venture it actually is; we must watch out for each other out there.

Perhaps the increased presence of highway patrol troopers will help drive that home.


Article Comments

Jul-20-13 7:51 AM

How about checking the line of site, for the corners of the fields so all motorists can see ANY traffic? Many fields are planted to the farthest point of site that makes seeing the roadways hard especially the bikers that are on our back roads. How about asking for corner cut outs to view the roadways?


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