From the editor

Beating the drum again: Slow down

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 9:00am

The Maine Bureau of Highway Safety and Maine State Police were scheduled to hold a press conference on Tuesday, April 6 to talk about "a disturbing trend," excessive speed, speeding through construction zones and distracted driving. Representatives from both agencies were to announce the upcoming enforcement details in the coming months "to keep Maine drivers and our roads safe."

As I mentioned in an editorial last summer, our back roads (I live on one) don't have sidewalks and there are sometimes people walking, jogging, or biking on the shoulders or on the edge of the road.

How would you feel if you were speeding and you happened to hit an innocent pedestrian or bicyclist because you couldn't come to a stop, or you had to swerve into the oncoming lane to avoid them and you hit another vehicle head-on? Hopefully, you'd feel terrible.

Now I am not totally innocent when it comes to safe driving, as I have been warned twice by law enforcement in my 32-plus years of driving. And that is just when there happened to be an officer watching as I passed by. But it doesn't hurt to remind readers and myself that speeding and distracted driving can result in a tragedy.

Now that winter has ended and the roads are less slippery, motorists seem to be picking up the pace, letting down their guard when it comes to traveling from one destination to another and not watching their speedometer.

Motorists need to be more aware of their speed and keep in mind what could happen when breaking the speed limit. Keep the cell phones tucked away when you're behind the wheel and slow down.