Law officials encourage safer summer driving


Even with the rainy weather that’s been spreading through the country for the past few weekends, the warmer temperatures, paired with the end of school means more people are hitting the road, which means tighter traffic, especially on highways around the area.

“With the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas, you don’t have a lot of vacation travelers.  I would say or Route 33 and I-79, that probably goes three-fold to what we have compared to the wintertime,” said Lewis County Sheriff’s Deputy Virgil Miller.

Driving safely doesn’t just mean you watch out for your own actions.  Miller said paying attention to other vehicles on the road is also important, especially since there’s also more vehicles like tractor trailers traveling around the country.

“There’s a lot of heavy trucks on the road, a lot of oversize equipment moving up and down the road, and you need to allow them space for stopping or when you’re moving around those types of vehicles,” Miller said.

That’s advice that’s echoed at the Jane Lew Truck Stop.  Staff there said they hear from drivers all the time about dangerous maneuvers made by vehicles driving around them and they worry about the risk that creates for both the truckers and regular drivers alike.

“People don’t pay attention to what they’re doing.  They think these trucks can stop on a dime and they can’t, pulling out in front of them, doing crazy things like that.  It’s hard enough to drive a tractor trailer, let alone have to watch so close for other drivers just not paying attention,” said truck stop Manager Donna Bonnett.

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