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Thursday, April 11, 2013
Re: “Sen. Bill Stanley criticizes VDOT for not spending money that he doesn’t think it should have” (“A credibility gap on Fancy Gap Mountain,” April 4 editorial):
It is a miracle that more than three people were not killed in the massive pileup on foggy Fancy Gap Mountain on March 31.
Stanley said that the Virginia Department of Transportation should have moved more quickly on projects to make that section of Interstate 77 safer. VDOT can post variable speed limits, install many flashing warning lights in the area, do anything that can be done to promote careful driving. One thing VDOT cannot do is enforce common-sense driving.
Almost every day, there is a report in the paper of people being killed in automobile accidents — not caused by the weather or by road conditions, but by careless driving. Until common-sense driving can be enforced, this will continue.
Not a trickle has been felt yet
The Roanoke Times could have post scripted Phillip Unger’s Pick of the day of March 30, “Memories of a president past,” by adding: When Ronald Reagan came to office, our national debt was insignificant. When he left, it was almost $3 trillion.
I don’t know about others, but my Reagan “trickle down” money has yet to break the horizon.
Let trucks go wild on foggy interstate
Attention Virginia Department of Transportation: Save lives and millions of dollars worth of damage at the cost of a little extra time.
At the first occurrence of fog on Fancy Gap Mountain, divert all passenger vehicles to U. S. 52, just a few miles to the west.
Turn the Interstate 77 corridor over to the 18-wheelers. They can play bumper trucks all the way down the mountain.
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