Another trooper hit on Utah roadways

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  • Jefferson Kalispell, MT
    Feb. 28, 2013 10:59 a.m.

    First, I have great respect for our law enforcement officers. I have noticed that in the past few years they are parking partially in the traffic lane, or at least on the inside edge of the shoulder to "protect" the vehicle stopped in front of them. I observed this policy change about the same time I started seeing a lot more stories about troopers being hit. Is this still policy? Seems to me like the troopers should do what we were taught if we had to stop on the roadside: MOVE AS FAR AS POSSIBLE TO THE EDGE OF THE PAVEMENT IN ORDER TO STAY AWAY FROM TRAFFIC. We have poor road conditions, poor visibility, heavy traffic and a well-meaning trooper aggravates the hazard conditions. Might look good on paper but questionable in practice.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Feb. 24, 2013 7:10 a.m.

    I think the law is why so many people are going out of control near accidents and the flashing lights. It is not always safe to stop, or try to change lanes at the last minute in adverse conditions is why the troopers risk increases near accidents. Obeying the law requires unsafe last minute maneuvers putting vehicles out of control if accident is not in lane of traffic.

    The best thing to do in adverse snow covered roads, is stay slow and in the tire ruts, they will steer the car. Unless the rut lines are blocked just gradually move over without slowing down or putting on the brakes if possible. Every situation has its own set of elements to contend with so its a constant adjustment to drive safe and straight.

    I would be nice if the vehicles with ABS could shut off the ABS in snow since it is useless anyway creating loss of directional control by altering wheel braking control. Fluctuating wheel RPM can cause weight shifting steering that drivers can't compensate for.

    One other braking control recommendation is inflate all the tires to max allowable pressure rating, it can cut through the snow more easily.