Drivers are the real danger |

Drivers are the real danger

Highway 49 is not dangerous. The peril lies with the most critical part in an automobile: the nut that holds the wheel. Attempts to make this road foolproof are foolish, but instead, careless drivers, properly stimulated, may become prudent ones.

As airplanes and motorcycles have their limitations, so do automobiles, just as do their operators, whether that is operating skill, physical capacity or mature judgment. The prudent driver knows that an aim of any trip, for example, from Auburn to Grass Valley, is that it be as uneventful as possible – no breakdowns, no citations, and especially no accidents. The driver who ignores these limitations, risking anguishing events, should have no right to share the road with those who don’t.

Perhaps these heedless drivers should be assured the consequences of errant ways. In Scottsdale, Ariz., where there is a series of surveillance cameras monitoring traffic, a person speeding, for example, is silently cited without ever having been stopped. Similarly, this, along Highway 49, could inspire greater attentiveness in them and others, too. Besides, it may produce enough revenue to fund an alternate Highway 49 nearby for going north, leaving the current one for southbound drivers only. Viola! No more head-on collisions.

Ed Westervelt

Nevada City

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