Be safe driving as temperatures rise

Guest Viewpoint

Now that warm weather is here, I would like to make a serious plea for drivers to use caution when behind the wheel or handlebars.

All too often, we see news reports of a motorcycle or car losing control with tragic results. Drivers get the “spring fever” of a nice day and drive like they are on the race track and vying for the win.

Just recently, we have seen two fatalities due to excessive speed. These are absolutely pointless and preventable loss of life. Not only are these drivers no longer with us, but their families will now be without their loved ones for summer vacations, holidays, family time, etc. Grandchildren will not get to know Grandpa; mothers, fathers, children, sisters and brothers will grieve this senseless, preventable tragedy.

Please, as you drive our country roads, know that your speed creates a tremendous danger to you and your passengers. It is impossible to be aware of animals, walkers, bicycles or debris in the road in time to respond.

As you get behind the wheel or mount that bike, remember that the most important person on the road is you! By careful driving, you will at least save one life – yours and maybe the lives of the innocent walker, bicyclist or family in that other car.

Richard Cutting

Essex County Sheriff

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