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TRAFFIC: Abide by the ‘country road rule’

Letter by Robert C. Bowser, Fox Island on Aug. 15, 2012 at 1:05 pm | 13 Comments »
August 15, 2012 1:05 pm

I was raised on a farm where there were rules for living the country life. The most important rule, learned early, was always walk on the side of the road facing traffic.

This was called the “country road rule.” If there wasn’t a curb, you walked or ran against traffic. Where my grandparents lived there wasn’t a curb for 10 miles!

This past Saturday a man was run down in Bonney Lake and died soon after. From the news reports he was probably walking with traffic and the pickup truck driver, possibly impaired, ran into the man on the road shoulder.

In Pierce and Kitsap counties, many roads do not have curbs; others have minimal shoulders to walk on. For a variety of reasons the “country road rule” is more important now than decades ago when cars and trucks were fewer and moved more slowly.

The point is that if you can see a car coming towards you, your awareness and reaction may avoid disaster. Relying on faith alone that all drivers are responsible, can see well, aren’t talking on the cell phone, never get sleepy, drive at reasonable speeds – you get the idea. My hope is that all of us remember and follow the “country road rule.” Look it up on the Internet.

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