With the long winter behind us, it’s easy to forget about reoccurring seasonal hazards. Families of Kenneth Duerson Jr., 49, of Indianapolis and Coty Demoss, 24, of Noblesville will never forget, as both men were killed Friday morning, May 9, 2014, according to WTHI-TV, when a pickup truck driven by a 22-year-old driver ran into their roadcrew on Interstate 69.
1. The Right to Drive is a privilege. With the right comes duties. Awareness, caution, common courtesy, prudent decision making and sobriety are only a few of a driver’s duties.
2. Construction Zones are always hazardous. Distractions, distracted drivers, changing speeds and sudden lane shifts and stops are common construction zone hazards. Slowing down helps in hazard perception.
3. Professional Drivers double down on safety before, during and after passing through a hazard zone (school zone, accident scene, no-passing zone, etc.). Compound hazards, like a railway crossing cutting through a construction zone, can be doubly deadly. Alert other drivers to upcoming hazards with a friendly tap of the brakes or use of the emergency warning lights, if permitted. Slowing down increases reaction time. Having one extra second of time could prevent 90% of collisions, according to a number of studies. When clear of the danger zone, keep looking for the next hazards. The most dangerous mile of road is the mile ahead.
4.) Replace the Ego with We-go. Every driver, every mile, needs to ask him/herself, “What am I contributing to safety?” Good drivers are courteous and try not to hog the road. Be aware that motorcycles may drive along the shoulder, if traffic is stopped on an expressway. This is an approved safety practice for motorcycles by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. Safe drivers park the Ego (I-go) before starting out.
Let’s work together to make the remainder 2014 one of the safest years possible.