Judy DeRyke
Minden

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December 13, 2012
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Dangerous intersections


EDITOR:

My heart goes out to Christine Bredow on her struggles after her tragic accident last month. Fortunately, she and her daughter were not badly hurt although she is now without a vehicle. Sadly they will remember the accident for a long time.

I wholeheartedly agree with no left turn onto Highway 395 from Airport Road; in fact I don't feel a left turn from any of the roads onto 395 without a light should be made. You will only see me doing that on rare occasions - like very late at night when there is basically no traffic on 395.

This dates back to early February 2003. I and my husband were making a dump run to Gardnerville when we were t-boned by a bigger SUV than mine making a left onto northbound 395 from Ironwood Drive. We rolled 2 1/2 times and were very lucky to have only been shaken with aches and bruises - although I did spend several months in physical therapy to get back to well being. All of that basically took a lot out of my every day living as well as confidence while driving - not my driving but watching all others.

Added to that I have seen what I call "really stupid drivers" make left turns from the side roads - many of these from Airport, which could've easily resulted in a very bad accident. It wasn't too long ago that a UPS driver decided he didn't have the extra minute to wait for one more car before pulling out; if I and another vehicle had not slowed down it would've resulted in a very nasty accident - mostly to the smaller vehicles not his big truck. Personally I'd rather spend a few more cents on gas and be safe even if I have to make a right and then a U-turn to be going where I want.

I totally agree, it is just not safe, to make lefts on 395 without a light; why its still allowed will only result in more accidents.


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The Record Courier Updated Dec 13, 2012 07:08PM Published Dec 13, 2012 07:07PM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.