Careful on the road

To the Editor,

The recent fatal accident on U.S. Highway 97 north of Shaniko is very sad, but for those of us that travel 97 north of Madras, it is no surprise. As a matter of fact, I am surprised there are not more.

It must be well known on the travelers’ grapevine that there are few patrol officers on the highway between Biggs and Madras, because the speeds they travel are sometimes frightening. Frequently, when my husband and I are coming or going from Madras, we are passed by vehicles going 80 mph or better.

They are primarily private passenger vehicles, and often out of state.

The highway north of Shaniko may seem flat and straight, but it is not.

There are little dips and curves that someone unfamiliar to the area and going too fast is not going to see. Vehicles, even big trucks, can hide in them. We badly need more patrols in that area, and we need drivers to use more common sense.

My heart goes out to the family of those killed and to the truckers that were accidentally involved. They all have to live with this for the rest of their lives.

Ann Snyder


Contract Publishing

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