Sedona AZ (August 17, 2012) – Today was unusual. I happened to witness three separate incidents that could have resulted in a tragic accident and or death.
The first incident involved a fiberglass bath tub. It was in the median of Arizona Scenic Highway 89A. The details of how this tub happened to find its way to the middle of the road will remain a mystery but, for a minute, imagine this bath tub flying out of a vehicle into your path of travel.
Did you slam on your brakes and swerve? Did you miss the cyclist on the shoulder and the semi in the next lane? Did your windshield merely shatter? Did you hit it or miss it?
How effective are load cover laws? How often are they enforced?
The second incident involved brush in a traffic lane in front of the Sedona Pines Resort on Scenic Highway 89A.
Can you imagine this large piece of brush flying out of a vehicle into your path of travel? In the dark and traveling at high speed, did you avoid it? In the daytime, did you run over it or did it brush up against your car scratching the paint?
Think about the brush in the road and ask yourself how effective are our load cover laws?
The third incident involved a gentleman changing a flat tire on Scenic Highway 89A. Was his position on the highway due to the high grass? Did he fear starting a grass fire or something else? So I asked him.
I asked if he wanted to move out of harms way. I asked if he needed help. To both questions he answered no. However, if pictures are worth a thousand words, then the other 999 might indicate a mowed shoulder would have given this man an option to move further away from the traffic. No one wants to drive into or step into high grass areas like those shown in the photo and encounter hidden snakes and or litter - litter that might cause personal and or car damage.
I hope the photos attached to this story will cause all travelers to question the need for, and the enforcement of, local “load cover” laws and appreciate the safety-need to mow our Arizona highway shoulders.
Look at the photos ADOT. You do see that those highway shoulders need mowing, right?
On August 18, 2012 join the Folksville USA litter clean-up by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We need your help to beautify the Verde Valley and keep our highways and byways clean and safe. Thank you for your concern and help.Gary Chamberlain “Point Man” FVUSA FolksvilleUSA@gmail.com