We all know it, but not enough of us do it.
Over and over we are reminded to slow down in work zones, brake for plow drivers and pull over and slow down moving through accident scenes.
We hear too often of a law enforcement officer struck by a passing car while directing traffic or of paramedics working an accident scene. Or of a tow truck driver struck while moving disabled vehicles.
And yet it happens.
We don’t listen and are too often not watchful. We’re too distracted by cellphones or too intent on beating a light, passing another car or getting from Point A to Point B as quickly as possible.
Now another group faces similar dangers — the public works employees patching potholes wearing easy-to-see neon vests. They stand along highways and major roadways doing what we decry more often than taxes.
How many times have you read or heard someone complain about the crumbling of our streets and highways? Why are our roads in such sorry shape? Why don’t they get fixed?
As the weather warms, they will be more prevalent on our roads, patching potholes in state highways, county roads and city streets.
During spring months, crews use “cold patch,” a ready-to-use asphalt mix that is warmed in heated trailers before being spread into potholes. Cold patch is considered a more temporary fix to the problem.
Come mid-May, when the temperatures are consistently above freezing and asphalt plans are in full operation, street crews will transition to the more permanent hot patch mix. Hot patch repairs are expected to last a few years.
And before you know it, road construction will be in full swing. We’re sure to see many years of it.
They could work faster and be more efficient if they were confident of their safety. With one eye on the job and the other over their shoulder, it takes more time. That leads to more complaints.
The cycle of construction, repair, patching and accident scenes are sure to continue.
So why don’t drivers just take the hint. Slow down, pay attention. We’ll all be better off for it.