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Don’t Crash

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As one who commutes many miles to the day-job, I have a request to all other drivers. More than a request actually. Call it a plea.

Please don’t crash.

Simple as that. Just don’t.

Beyond the risk of personal injury and hassles of damage to your vehicle, crashes create traffic jams. I hate traffic jams.

On Wednesday, there was a road closure outside River Falls that forced a detour to unfamiliar territory because of a crash. Crunched cars, a battalion of emergency vehicles, and I had to make a left turn where I wanted to go straight.

Yesterday, I checked the traffic congestion before leaving work and saw that a crash had backed up progress so much I needed to pick an alternate route. Too bad someone crashed on my second option just moments before I arrived. Our little traffic jam needed to open a lane for a fire engine responding to the incident.

Stop crashing, you guys!

The recent rash of crashes helps me to recognize how much luck I have had for quite some time that traffic jams haven’t been an issue for me. There is one section of construction that creates a slowdown but people have done pretty well at executing the zipper merge where lanes get reduced from four to two.

Not crashing is laudable.

My only other idea would be to find a way to no longer need to commute.



Written by johnwhays

October 29, 2021 at 6:00 am