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By Jack H. Smith
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Our View: Drive appropriately for conditions

 

November 6, 2019



A storm last Monday led to some pretty nasty conditions on Interstate 90 throughout Southwest Montana.

A jackknifed semi near Logan blocked both westbound lanes of traffic Monday afternoon and there were multiple other incidents of wrecks and slide-offs reported in the Gallatin Valley. There was also a crash reported on Homestake Pass between Whitehall and Butte.

In a post on their Facebook page, the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office informed local residents of the numerous accidents on the interstate due to the snowy and icy conditions. They also encouraged residents to stay home if they can, but if they do have to travel to do so slowly and leave in plenty of time. This is advice that people in Southwest Montana really need to follow.

JACK H. SMITH

There are so many incidents that happen on the interstate and state highways that could be avoided if people simply slowed down. While it is common sense for a lot of drivers too slow down in bad conditions, for some reason a lot of people can't figure out how dangerous it can be not to. It not only puts them in danger, but it also puts those driving properly in danger.

Leaving early is also something people should really do all the time in winter. Most people on the roads have lived in Southwest Montana for a while and should know this is very necessary. If you leave early, you most likely won't be late, and therefore not have to drive like a maniac.

And when it's really bad, just stay home unless you have to absolutely be somewhere. There is a lot of precious cargo out there --- little things can wait.

 

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