Archive for Thursday, October 30, 2008

Additional K-10 welcome after tragic week

October 30, 2008

The carnage on Kansas Highway 10 the past nine days defies easy explanation.

Counted among the victims of the sad week that saw four deaths is a 51-year-old Eudora mother of three, Helen Moorhead.

With investigations ongoing, it is too early to know if the wrecks shared a single factor.

That three of the deaths came on the bypass west of U.S. Highway 59 where the highway is only two lanes suggests it may be time to consider adding lanes to that section. But that expensive proposition is years away.

Our immediate thought was we should all drive slower and more defensively on the busy highway. Kansas Highway Patrol Master Trooper Terry Berner echoed that advice in an interview with the Lawrence Journal World. But even the most cautious, aware and defensive driver can’t account for every car going in the opposite direction on the busy freeway or anticipate one careening across the median on a divided highway. That is why Berner’s additional vow that patrols will be increased on K-10 is so welcome.

With gas prices headed down seemingly as rapidly as they increased last summer, one of the incentives to slow down is removed. Greater enforcement and the sight of a speeder being issued a deserved ticket might provide a balance.

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