Opinion: Thumbs up, thumbs down: January 8, 2014
Drive safely – and stay at the scene if you crash
We get it. In a rural county like ours, many roads are long. And straight. And boring. You just want to get there, wherever it is you’re going. Speed limits? They’re really suggestions. You’re a good enough driver. You know how fast you can go.
Except, you don’t. Not really. (All right, if you drive on a professional racing circuit, or for your paycheck, you probably do.) And speed limits aren’t suggestions. They’re hard limits, calculated to be the safest maximum speeds at which to cross a specific section of road. They’re there to save your life.
In the Jan. 1 edition of the Sun-Herald, reporter Brian Pearson wrote of a pickup that was found partially submerged in a ditch off Lurline Road. According to the police, the vehicle had hit a fence, which knocked out its headlights, then ran into the ditch, likely at speed.
Fortunately, no one was hurt. But the driver, police said, simply got out and walked away.
That’s not a good idea. On many, many levels.
Lots of bad things can happen on roads. Cars are marvels of engineering, but they have many moving parts, any one of which can break at any time. Roads have potholes. Rocks. Tires blow (and the faster you’re going, the more likely they are to blow). Things happen.
The slower you’re going, the more in control you’ll be when they do. And when they do, don’t walk away.
Yes, there will be consequences. But there will be more and worse consequences if you don’t ’fess up.
Corning Fire Department sets a shining example
We were touched by the actions of some Corning firefighters, who learned of a family’s plight on Christmas Eve and did something about it.
As reported by Julie Johnson, Maria Salas of Corning had all of her family’s Christmas gifts in the backseat and trunk of her vehicle. On Dec. 24, she discovered the car had been broken into and everything stolen.
She called police to report the crime. The dispatcher, knowing the Corning Fire Department had been delivering boxes of goods to those in need throughout the holidays, told firefighters of the situation. The firefighters then made some calls and in a few hours had a Christmas present beyond expectation for the stricken family.
“I can’t believe this,” Johnson quotes Salas as saying. “I just can’t believe this.”
We can. These are our neighbors and our friends. These are the people we live with in the Valley. We wouldn’t live anywhere else.