Three UHP troopers were hit within three hours
I have a couple of observations to add to the generally very good comments so
far:First, Utah doesn't have a corner on the bad drivers
market. Granted, there are some examples of atrocious driving here (more on
that later), but there are lots of above average drivers here, too. In my
driving experience, some of the worst drivers I have encountered have been in
the Bay Area of Northern California and in metro Washington, D.C.; but I would
also be the first to admit that those areas don't have a corner on bad
driving, either. And finally, with that said, there are some
tendencies that I have observed here that give me real cause for concern. There
are some drivers here whose judgment seems to be impaired by inclement weather
and poor driving conditions, specifically those who tailgate or pull in front of
other vehicles when conditions reduce stopping ability (mentioned by others
here).I think the takeaways are that we all have room for
improvement; that good judgment is crucial to safe driving, especially when
conditions are poor; and that negative generalizations about a region's
drivers are probably not particularly constructive.Just my $0.02 . .
Yesterday, I thought I was back in Massachusetts :) Freezing rains are common
during winter months in New England, only we got 1/4 inch ice on everything
instead of the thin layer we got yesterday. As soon as I left my house, I knew
we had had freezing rain, because ice was everywhere and I almost fell down on
my sidewalk. I was heading for the street to bring in my trash bins, and I just
turned around and left the bins in the street. Yesterday was not a day for an
old man like me to walk or drive.
It truly was an amazing and rare event we suffered through. I know of one
southbound driver from Davis to Utah County, that made it to downtown SLC by
8am, and only managed to get to Draper by 2pm, so he turned around hoping to get
back home by dark-thirty.
Yes, Utahns generally don't know how to drive on icy roads. The smug
comments from people too good for Utah obviously haven't lived in other
winter weather states-drivers there are no better.
I agree with Liberal Ted and WhyNotThink. This morning I was coming down a hill
on 6400 West (a hill covered by ice) and a lovely driver of an SUV pulled out of
a side road in front of me. Note: Down hill - Sheet of Ice...Stopping Power =
"0" I hit my brakes as hard as I dared and tried to slow down, of
course just kept going. I ended up sliding into the incoming lane (on purpose)
to ensure I didn't rear end the nice gentleman who was so kind to pull out
in front of me. I recovered and went on down the road, but noticed that the SUV
was now tailgating the car in front of him. I dropped back even further
thinking that if something happened at least I could avoid it. Slow Down - Leave
enough Space - and Don't pull out in front of people when the roads are icy
I commute via I-15 daily. It is amazing how many drivers 1) Drive too fast 2)
Tailgate 3) aggressively weave in and out of traffic 4) cross solid white
lines 5) cross DOUBLE solid lines 6) are so discourteous as to not allow other
drivers to merge into traffic.I did see a trooper pull a guy over
the other day who crossed the double white lines in the HOV lane. I let out an
audible cheer. I wish they would ticket more of these people. Crossing the
double white lines, particularly when going slow and pulling into much faster
traffic in the HOV lane, IS DANGEROUS FOR EVERYONE, and illegal.C'mon people. Let's grow up and wise up. All this aggressive
driving ends up costing us all much more time than it possibly can save. There
just end up being more accidents that clog our freeways and grind traffic flow
to a halt.
Welcome to Dallas!
Liberal TedHear! Hear! I have only been in this state for a few
years. It amazes me how many folks don't understand the basic physics of
following distances and speed. I had someone so close to me on I-15 this morning
that I could not see his headlights. The road was a sheet of ice with all
traffic boxed in going about 20 mph.I noticed several other drivers
doing the same. To those who are compulsive tailgaters: When you drive that way
do you think by tailgating you will get where you are going faster? Are you OK
with placing your fate in the hands of the unknown driver in front of you? Is
risk of damage to property and even injury worth the 0.1 to 0.2 seconds that you
might get their sooner?At close following distances (driver in front
can’t see your headlights) and even at 15 mph your response time will not
be fast enough (even if you are very athletic) to prevent an accident.
Evidently the Des News deems it unimportant to report on the unhealthful air
quality over Northern Utah, in its fifth day! Or report that Utah's air
quality board requests commuters take public transportation and restrict fire
place use. How many premature deaths are attributed to poor air quality?
1000-2000? How many premature births due to bad air quality? If the Des News is
trying to be a public opinion maker in Utah, it should jump on this issue.
Failing to address the visiting winter Elephant in the room makes the paper seem
In Alabama they shut down the ramps when the roads are icy. Anyone driving on a
closed expressway gets a ticket. They don't care if you have an SUV. The
road is CLOSED.
Last year a Youtube video got over 1 million hits during winter.It
was people sliding off the road down a hill and crashing.It was in
Utah.I wonder if this will make national level scrutiny of
Utah's bad driving. Again.
It's not soo much the freezing rain. As it is the drivers and those that
don't give enough following distance, drive too fast for the road condition
and people not paying attention to driving.If people would calm
down, stay off the roads and let the crews clear the streets first. Then most if
not all of these accidents could have been avoided.