Hit-and-Run, Bald Tires and Other Tales

Boy, yesterday sure was a bad day for driving-related news. First there was a news story on the radio about how the number of hit-and-run accidents is on the rise in Denver. Fatalities went up from 23 in 2008 to 34 in 2012 (the last year numbers were available). But the more surprising number to me was that 17 people are hit by a hit-and-run driver every day in Denver. Now that doesn’t mean 17 people are mowed down by a car every day. It also includes fender crunchers in a parking lot when no one leaves a name, they just leave. But it still seems like a big number.

Officials say distracted driving is a big part of the problem. But they also say there seems to be a rise in the number of people who hit-and-run because they think they can get away with it, instead of doing the responsible thing. But that’s a whole other story…just make sure your policy contains uninsured motorist coverage.

The other news was the 8-hour logjam on I-70 from the mountains back to Denver on Sunday. Colorado Department of Transportation officials, in an unusually testy meeting, blamed a lot of the problem on drivers who go into the mountains clueless about winter mountain driving. CDOT said lanes were blocked by spun out passenger and commercial vehicles – 22 stranded cars and 11 trucks stuck without chains (which is against the law). Of the 22 cars, CDOT said 19 had bald tires. Why would you go into a snowstorm in the mountains with bald tires, and make life miserable for everyone else?

Think I’ll stay home and get my skiing from the TV.Boy, yesterday sure was a bad day for driving-related news.

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Dianne L. Sawaya

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