Using Caution on the Roads

On my way to work this morning, driving up I-91in the pouring rain, just South of Hanover, New Hampshire, I witnessed a taxi cab driver lose control of his vehicle and slam into a rock ledge. Water pooled on the road and visibility was low. At first, I couldn't believe what I was seeing. When mud started flying up from his car, I knew that I needed to slow down and give him plenty of room. Thankfully, no one was hurt. Both of us were travelling at speeds lower than the posted limit. I was doing 60 mph and made up no ground on him. Likewise, the taxi kept the distance between our two vehicles constant. But, when the roads are wet extra caution is required. The taxi driver bled from the nose and hand. I couldn't determine if there were other injuries.

In other news, a motorcyclist was killed in a head on collision on Route 2 in Vermont. The driver is being investigated for driving under the influence of drugs. I'm not sure if that means he was smoking marijuana or taking pain medication but either way it seems like negligent behavior to me. My heart goes out to the families of both drivers.

Finally, stimulus money has entered Vermont and New Hampshire and with it lots of new road construction. Slow down, give those folks a brake as they say and we'll all be safer.


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