The need for traffic awareness

Dec. 12, 2012 @ 05:13 AM

The sounds of sirens and the views of numerous red lights are usually associated with fires or police action.

On Monday, however, these were more associated with traffic accidents in and around Rutherford County.

While the exact number of accidents on Monday is not known, one big attributing factor can be the rain that hit the county for most of the day.

In fact, in today's issue of The Daily Courier, we learn of an accident near Cliffside that sent two South Carolina teens to the intensive care unit of Spartanburg (SC) Regional Medical Center.

Other accidents included a utility pole being hit and other miscellaneous traffic fender-benders around Rutherford County.

Now, while the accidents may or may not be attributed to the rain-soaked roads of the county, one thing can be pointed out … the need for more awareness by drivers is absolute.

Some joke about when weather hits the area, traffic accidents seem to go on the rise.

But, there can be some truth to that seemingly harmless quip.

It goes without saying that motorists need to be cautious each and every time they get behind the wheel, but that need almost doubles when weather impacts the area.

Drivers have to be aware of the fact of the simple things, like buckling up every time you get in a vehicle and turning your lights on when it becomes dusk.

But, drivers also have to be aware of the fact that when it rains or snows, the need for precaution has got to be more than just a forethought.

You cannot drive the normal speed when it is raining. You have to slow down and take heed of the drivers around you. This means beside, behind and in front of you.

It should be an automatic that, when weather is impacting the area, your headlights come on immediately. Not just your fog lamps, but your regular headlights.

Buckling up should not be an option, it should be a part of sound, safe driving practice.

When it is foggy outside, like it tends to be on any given North Carolina morning, your headlights come on and you drive with care and caution.

It doesn't matter whether you are on U.S. 74, U.S. 221 or Main Street in any town in Rutherford County, be smart, be defensive and be safe when you get behind the wheel.

By Matthew Clark, for the Editorial Board

 

The Daily Courier Editorial Board consists of community members Jerry Brewer, Kyle Bingham, Tom Padgett, Dr. Shermaine Surratt and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Editor Matthew Clark.