By Aleisha Filyaw
December 20, 2005
I just wanted to write a quick little note about this winter's
accidents. We are only in December and I have seen more accidents
this winter than I have in past years that I have lived here.
As a driver, I can tell when the roads are going to be in bad
conditions. I mean when you have a day that is clear and cold,
it is kind of obvious that the roads are going to be frozen at
night. Not only at night, but also in the places where the sun
does not hit to thaw out the roads, such as 9 mile North Tongass
and parts of Ward Cove. I think that we all need to take more
caution when driving on the roads. This however does bring me
to another question. In years past the DOT has always been fairly
good about coming out and sanding and spraying de-icer on the
roads. I have yet to see this be done this winter. Even when
we had that day earlier this month when it snowed all day, the
plows were not out until it was absolutely necessary. I personally
think that this is ridiculous. I realize that a lot of hours
go into taking care of our road ways, but isn't this part of
their job description? The people who work for the DOT are paid
to take care of our roads and I personally would really love
to know why it is not being done.
This also brings me to another
question that I have. I love how the Mud Bight corner was widened
and somewhat straightened out. I personally feel that it is much
better shape, however I am wondering as to why no guard rails
were put up. For anyone who lives out there, I am sure that you
all say the truck that went off the road and over the new walking
path. I personally will not walk on that path due to the fact
that I do not feel safe there. I mean even this summer there
was an accident out there and the vehicles went over the walking
path. I would actually use it if there were guard rails up. So
I feel like this should be something that is considered. In both
accidents had there have been someone walking on that path at
the time, they would also be injured or not survive. I see a
lot of people who walk that path with children and I think that
for their safety guard rails should be considered.
Thank you all for your time
in listening to this. I wish everyone happy holidays and safe
driving this winter.
Ward Cove, AK - USA
About: Aleisha Filyaw has lived
in Ketchikan for 10 years.
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