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Staying safe on local roads requires some patience

Imagine you are traveling down Highway 68, minding your own business, when someone decides they want your lane and comes barreling towards you.

Well, unfortunately that happens more often than people realize.

Sometimes, that particular car has at least a little time to duck back into the lane, but then other times they don’t.

Head-on collisions are happening in this area and around the county and surrounding counties and there’s really no reason at all for them.

By practicing a little thing called patience, all of this could be avoided. Keep in mind, emergency situations are not included in this particular column.

Sure, the drivers all have somewhere to go and have to get there within a certain time, but practicing just a little bit of patience is important. It can save not only the impatient driver’s lives but the lives of countless others. It could be just someone trying to get to work in a safe way or someone just driving to the store for a few groceries, you just never know how a little patience could save a life.

There has always, at least since I was a reporter over 15 years ago, been an issue along Highway 68 with terrible wrecks. For some reason, it seems as though more drivers lately have started to try and take chances with passing along that highway since all of the construction began. That’s just a thought of mine, but I have seen those impatient drivers out there quite a bit more lately.

All drivers should remain cautious on not only that highway, but all of our other roads in the county.

I certainly did not want to leave out those who put their lives on the line every day to enforce our traffic laws. They are appreciated and they are doing all they can to make sure our roads are safe. They can only do so much and drivers also need to take some responsibility on the roads.

I have been on Highway 68 and have witnessed cars making passes around other cars that probably shouldn’t have happened. While there was space there, had the driver waited even a second or two more, it could have probably been a terrible ending to that story.

Although there are exceptions to this happening, if a driver wants to pass someone on that highway or others, they should always be cautious before doing so. There’s a time to pass in a safe way and that’s when there’s not traffic traveling in the other lane that’s even remotely close to you.

One thing that should not be happening, although it has in the past, is for drivers in their correct lane having to leave the roadway and hit the rough side of the road in hopes of avoiding a head-on collision. The driver veering into the wrong lane hopefully sees the mistakes and corrects it before it’s too late.

There are times that you might get behind a driver that is going just a little bit slower than they should. If you get behind what has been called in the past ‘Sunday afternoon drivers’ then as long as the path is clear then passing should be okay.

No matter what, it is important to remember all of the traffic laws and follow them at all times you are behind the wheel. Head-on collisions or other terrible automobile accidents might be avoided with a little more patience.

I realize that I pointed out one of many of our roads in the county when trying to make a point about safe driving, but I felt it was necessary. No matter what road you travel on, you must first look out for yourself but also the driving habits of others.

Be safe out there on the roads, allow a little extra time to get to your destination, and remember one key word when you travel. Patience, patience and more patience.