For the purpose of this blog, I'm going to talk about motorcycles and road workers because they are mainly affected during the warm weather. Recently, in our area a driver didn't notice traffic was stopped, and the driver smashed a motorcycle and rider into a truck killing the man on the bike.
|Orange cones show there is road work|
|Where there are orange cones there's roadwork|
Also, recently, a road worker was hit and killed by a speeding driver. When there is a sign saying road work ahead you need to start slowing down and obey the speed limit in the area. In a work zone, the speed limit is going to 45 miles per hour, or lower, but I see drivers going 60 or 70 miles an hour.
I think drivers need to stop and think how they'll feel if they kill someone. You would have to live with yourself knowing you did something so horrific just because you were in a hurry. To me, getting somewhere is not important enough to take a life.
Both road workers and motorcycles are hard to see, so you need to pay attention to your driving instead of texting, talking on the phone, putting on makeup, or reaching for something. Over 4,000 motorcyclists die a year and 609 road construction workers died in 2012, but not all of those were due to drivers. Some were due to accidents on the job.
Not all motorcyclists are killed by other motorists; sometimes it's by their own stupidity by driving and drinking.
Just remember to watch out for your children around water areas, watch out for road workers and motorcyclists. In other words, try to pay attention to what you and others are doing.
To learn more go to the links below:
References: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/highwayworkzones/ and http://www.showmemotorcycles.com/knowing-how-many-people-die-in-motorcycle-accidents-each-year-can-save-a-biker%E2%80%99s-life/
Have a great week, and I'll see you again next Sunday.
Sandra K. Marshall, author@Eirelander Publishing