A Dark and Stormy Night
By Jerry Cegelske
December 13, 2005
It is a dark and stormy night as Snoopy wrote. You're tired
and can't wait to get home. The wind blown rain and snow is
coming down like it can only in Ketchikan. The headlights
of the approaching car highlight the rain on the windshield blurring
your vision. Are you going to see this gift left on the
road by some person to lazy to cover their load? Are
you going to swerve to avoid it? Are you going to
damage your car when you do avoid it? What about the black
This and other trash was observed on the North Tongass Highway,
blown out of a vehicle just by the force of the wind by the vehicle
doing 45 (if they were doing the speed limit). Imagine
if it was blowing the usual 40 mph, plus the vehicle doing
I am sure that the person that was taking this to the landfill
intended for it to get there, why didn't it? Because they
were to lazy to cover their load as required by State law.
For you that haul boxes and trash to the landfill, THINK about
the accident you may cause and how much your insurance will pay
if someone is hurt by your carelessness. How would
you feel if someone is injured for the rest of their life?
Take the time to do it right! Cover your loads, PLEASE.
Note: Jerry Cegelske is a Code
Rnforcement Officer with the Ketchikan Gateway Borough.
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