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Poorly handled

With all due respect, CHP handled the traffic accident on Highway 174 on May 21 very poorly. It was a rainy, foggy morning, and the accident was on the blind corner near Happy Apple Kitchen in Chicago Park.

CHP’s method of getting drivers like myself to slow down was by screaming at me as I drove by. Why did they have to scream at me? Because they gave no warning that there was an accident until I was already driving through the scene at full speed. I was headed north and there was one patrolman directing traffic with a flare by his vehicle, but both the patrolman and his flare were right at the scene of the accident on this rainy, foggy, visibility-impaired morning.

I have no problem slowing my speed in the case of an accident, but the CHP man directing traffic should never have been stationed so close to the accident on the blind corner. Not if he wanted drivers to approach the scene safely.

CHP, please change your method of handling traffic accidents. There are many of us out here who are law-abiding, safe drivers. Your unsafe method of slowing traffic by screaming at drivers only adds chaos to an already chaotic situation.

Lyndsey Barrett


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