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No need to speed

Sierra Sun editorial

From finding a solution to the mousehole to the tragic road-rage killing in Tahoe City that involved two Truckee men to the lack of safe turn lanes on Highway 267 in Martis Valley, more than a few road- and driving-related issues have been in the newspaper lately. Even with the mousehole, where it’s easy to say that the problem has to do with dimension and traffic volume, it appears that the hurdle is with us – the motoring public. How many times have other drivers – or perhaps you – raced past the vehicle in front as the lanes merge just to make it through the tunnel a little quicker? Yes, combine large trucks, cyclists and pedestrians and the mousehole becomes a dangerous bottleneck. But if drivers proceeded slowly and practiced patience it wouldn’t be such a hazard.Likewise with the situation out in Martis Valley, where – especially on a busy weekend – making a left or right hand turn off Highway 267 is a scary proposition. Again, if drivers would obey the speed limit, which is posted 55, and drive with caution, then the likelihood of a disastrous rear-end collision would be much less.If you question whether a problem exists on Highway 267, check out the long, black skid marks on the roadway at the Martis Lake turnoff. The recent road rage incident that left one driver dead and another in jail on murder charges illustrates just how impatient drivers have become. Whether the victim cut off the suspect or not, the problem is that something happened out on the highway that spurred one man to go after another.While we can call on the California Highway Patrol and Truckee Police to step up their traffic enforcement, which is something they could and should do in these areas, the ultimate responsibility can be found right in all our drivers’ seats.


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