Friday, March 16, 2007

Great Drainage ... Death Trap

I tried to upload a picture, but my electronic disability prevented it. So, picture if you will a drainage swale. You know, the huge wide ditches along side our principle highways. Since I live in Bayview, Idaho, I will use US Highway 95 as my example.

You can always tell what a drainage swale by the crosses that are erected in monument to those that died there. In the infinite wisdom of our bureaucracy,These deep wide ditches are shaped just right for rolling a car over when it goes off the pavement.

80 per cent or more of our highway traffic deaths result from these high speed rollovers. It would appear that good drainage rules are set by a different bureaucracy than that which sets traffic safety rules. As a result, many motorists die that didn't have to.

In years past, guard rails were installed to keep us between the trees and on the pavement. None exist anywhere along this highway. Just the clusters of crosses to remind us of the unnecessary loss of life.

3 comments:

Word Tosser said...

I guess in their view... this keeps the wreck off the road..

Dogwalkmusings said...

But for the grace of God we would have been statistics because of those ditches in Montana last December!

Anonymous said...

Stay on the damn road!