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I don't like the fact that this winter and last, the towns aren't bothering to salt the residential side roads. It may save money, but it creates dangerous situations.

This morning on my way to church I had a close shave. I was driving down my street towards the stop sign going about 15 miles per hour. When I applied the brakes, my car didn't stop. Instead it drifted to the right. I fought with the car, turning the steering wheel all the way to the left and continuing to apply the brakes. It was all in vain, as I continued to drift slowly and helplessly to the right. I missed the jeep truck by maybe 2 inches. The two pedestrians and labrador retriever just stood on the corner stupidly watching me drifting towards them. I missed the dog by maybe a foot and finally came to a stop in the middle of the intersection.

On my way back I saw that someone else hadn't been so fortunate. In the exact same intersection, another truck failed to miss the same jeep truck. I assume the pedestrians and dog had moved on by then. When I returned from football later in the morning, I noticed the road finally was salted and cleared. It's a pity it took an accident to get the city to do something about it.


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Nov. 21st, 2004 04:12 pm (UTC)
It usually takes an accident or an election to get road work done.
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