Growing up in northeast Ohio it was not a strange thing to interact with the Amish communities. The second largest Amish community in the U.S. lives there and man can they make chicken and apple dumplings!
It was also fairly common to hear of a horse and buggy being run into by a truck cruising through the back roads. There are miles upon miles of two-lane country roads across the rolling hills of northeastern Ohio. No, it isn’t all flat and covered in corn.
Things are a bit different in that area of the country as your destination is maybe 10 to 15 miles from the sign on the interstate. This means miles of rolling hills and blind corners with the potential of horses and buggies. If you aren’t familiar or think the sign on the road is a joke…well…pow!
I remember the look on my wife’s face the first time I took her north and we stopped at a large truck stop outside Lodi, Ohio. Fifty or so truck parking spaces were all full, 10 lanes of fuel islands were also full and maybe 10 horses and buggies were at the hitching posts.
Yep hitching posts.
It has been years since I was back there, but reading a report in The Trucker brought it back to my mind with the question of, really? They are still rolling with the 18-wheelers?
Wow, at least Arizona has figured out a way to help decrease 6% of all motorcycle accidents. That’s right, 6%.
While Ohio tries to figure out how to keep the horses and buggies safe, Arizona has passed a “lane filtering” law for motorcycles.
As reported in CDL Life, this law allows motorcyclists to go to the head of the line at a stop light. Why? Because about 25% of all motorcycle accidents are rear-enders according to the experts. Not true. It’s about 6%.
Oh, and being first at the light is not necessarily a plus for motorcyclists – 42% of motorcycle crashes are cars turning in front of them.
So if we take a 6% chance of an accident and change it to 42% we are safer! BRILLIANT!
Hmmm…so, if a couple of cars turn first it might be safer? I don’t know. Seems we could maybe do something better with our efforts.
In California, they allow “lane-splitting.” Motorcyclists can just cruise in between lanes or next to you. This was such a safe move that not only did no one follow suit, but the state legislature had to then pass a law to stop “dooring.”
That’s right. It means what you think. California had to pass a law to prohibit people from opening their doors and killing a motorcyclist.
Seriously, we can do better. We should erect some Sasquatch crossing signs up in the Garden State! I mean with 70 sightings of Sasquatch since the ’90s (as reported by 94.3 The Point) you have about a .0000446% chance of seeing a Sasquatch on or near the Garden State Parkway.
You don’t think it’s worth it? Just remember that a 42% crash rate is better than a 6% crash rate according to Arizona.
Even if by some strange twist of fate Sasquatch isn’t living in New Jersey, the peace of mind that you gain knowing you are secure from Sasquatch crossings will make it safer.
Peace and Love!