Trees At Fault?

  • Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Dear Editor,
OMYGOSH!! What alternate universe are we living in when we continue to blame inanimate objects for the fault, failures and lack of personal responsibility of humans? It is quite a stretch to punish the trees along I-26 for the accidents that continue to occur there. These sentinels that have stood for centuries seem to be getting a bad rap.  They have attempted to cool the Lowcountry air and suck up that nasty old pollution from the vehicles passing by. Bad trees!
Once you leave the area of Orangeburg, it does become a hypnotic driving trip with nowhere to park and walk off the doze. Many times I have been tempted to pull into the truck weigh station but feared I’d be arrested for trespassing. 
Since there are three law enforcement agencies that overlap in the area after crossing I-95, it seems that more consistent “patrolling the big block” would help. How about a decoy car parked at various private crossovers moved on a daily basis and switched out occasionally with a live officer? When I travel that area at the posted speed limit, I am passed like I’m parked on the side of the road but in the whole strip nary a sign of law enforcement. Some occasional “blue light specials” might put us on equal footing with other locales where you don’t dare go one mile over the posted limit. Flashing speed limit warning lights along the way could break up the visual boredom. How about some wide rumble strips?
Justifying the scalping as preparing for the widening of I-26 is pure baloney as all three counties are now choked with orange barrels which seem to have no end in sight.  Can you say: “SC is out of money”? 
Maybe the DOT could build an easy in, easy out pull-off with a small two-seater rest stop with walking room in the high accident area. They could even allow truck vendors to bid for time and help reduce the SC budget shortfall at the same time. 
S. M. Salmon
Runnymede Lane

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