Our View: Check the speedometer " and the attitude | SierraSun.com

Our View: Check the speedometer " and the attitude

Just about a month ago in this space we highlighted a reader’s letter to the editor about his experience driving over Brockway Summit in the season’s first significant storm.

The gist was that people ” maybe even yourself ” have a tendency to drive too fast in seriously snowy road conditions; conditions we’ve been experiencing the last several days. The editorial, “Snow is no place for the rat race” that ran on Dec. 11, received 11 reader comments when it was posted to http://www.sierrasun.com. Some were outright hostile about those who drive too slowly in sketchy conditions ” “Get out of the way or suffer the consequences. Or go back to the bay,” for example.

What’s up with the attitude?

So while it is still sad, frustrating and downright stupid to see such lousy driving ” and attitudes ” it’s not surprising to see it unfold on our roadways.

That point was driven home Tuesday when a Ford Explorer reportedly careened into another car that was having chains installed on Interstate 80 near Hirschdale. Both vehicles then flew into the chain control area striking other vehicles and bystanders.

After the accident one chain installer was being treated by paramedics and the driver of a car that was hit was transported to the hospital. And that injury count is fortunate, since others were in harm’s way.

“We dove out of the way into the snow,” said a chain installer who estimated the SUV that nearly hit him was driving at 60 mph.

Sixty miles an hour in a full-on snow storm?

It’s easy to get in a hurry, to press the gas pedal down another inch, to think that a little more speed would still be safe. But nothing is worth the deadly risk of speeding down icy roads.

So whether you’ve lived in the mountains for decade upon decade or you think you’re just one heck of a driver, check the speedometer ” and the attitude.

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