Slick roads create dangerous conditions for first responders

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  • stanfunky Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 27, 2018 6:00 p.m.

    It would be nice if there was some enforcement on Legacy Parkway on these days. Going home driving 57mph, I watched at least a hundred cars fly by doing 65-70, many of them in windows too tight for comfort. For UHP it would be like shooting fish in a barrel.

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    Dec. 27, 2018 4:48 p.m.

    I always wonder how many of these crashes are really caused by too much speed vs the role played by too little attention to too many distractions.

    The last time I hit black ice on the freeway I was traveling at less than 40 mph in a well maintained, front wheel drive car. Even still, the car went into a partial spin. Despite not being any kind of professional driver, I avoided the barrow pit or any other crash for a few simple reasons.

    1-I wasn't going excessively fast. But neither were many others that day.

    2-I was paying full attention to the road; No cell phone; Radio was off. No alcohol nor drugs; Enough rest.

    3-I had both hands on the wheel and was able to immediately steer correctly until the car was headed the correct direction again.

    4-I was very deliberately not in middle of any clusters of cars. I had picked a section of road that was mostly empty.

    Driving any slower than I was, I would have been a hazard to others. And yet on true black ice, sliding happened.

    Yes, slow down to appropriate speeds.

    But just as importantly, have good tires and pay full attention to the car, the road, traffic, and your driving. Good ideas always. Essential when the road is slick.