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Big trucks should stay off narrow Dog Bar

For the past three mornings, and on various other mornings of late, I have found myself behind huge, double-trailer trucks traveling on Dog Bar Road at approximately 7:30 a.m. These trucks are not related to the improvements on Dog Bar Road inasmuch as they are usually empty and turning right onto Magnolia. Because they do turn onto Magnolia, my guess is that these trucks are using Dog Bar as a “throughway,” perhaps to avoid the morning traffic on Highway 49.

Dog Bar Road is not an appropriate route for these trucks. When these trucks negotiate the many curves in the road, they usually run any oncoming traffic off the road and onto the narrow shoulder (if one exists). Conversely, these trucks also run off the road to the right, throwing up dirt and rocks so thick that those of us behind them cannot see (imagine traveling over the Yolo Causeway in a thick fog).

In addition, there are children standing beside the road in obvious danger from these trucks while waiting for school buses On any given straight stretch of road, these trucks accelerate to at least 45 mph. There is absolutely no way one of these trucks could stop to avoid hitting one of our children, and I have seen rocks and dirt thrown at the children when the trucks run off the road. Since these trucks are also traveling on Magnolia, they present a danger to children who are either driving or traveling to Magnolia and Bear River at this time of day.

These trucks should not be using our small county roads as a thoroughfare. If they have some legitimate business or reason for being on these roads, they should take the most direct route and use extreme care where children are present.

I would urge anyone else who faces this reckless danger, either on the roads mentioned or on any other narrow country road, to attempt to identity these trucks (the company name is usually on the door) and report them to the sheriff’s department as a danger.

Lorraine Dewsen

Grass Valley

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