Weed and driving don't mix
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 10:00 PM
Weed and driving do not mix. I'm not talking about marijuana or even tobacco but those tall weeds that grow in ditches next to roads.
Frank Phillips has reported on the news, events and people of west-central Indiana for years. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A few weeks ago on a Sunday afternoon, Linda and I were driving down S.R. 59 in Parke County. We were following three motorcycles that were obviously riding together when a small deer ran out of the weeds and hit the lead motorcycle broadside.
The driver must have been an expert because he was able to keep the cycle upright and he rode it down through the weeds.
Naturally, we stopped and turned on our flashers to warn drivers coming from either direction. I called 911 and almost immediately a sheriff's deputy arrived.
The driver of the motorcycle and his passenger were helped up out of the ditch. The driver limped around on the pavement while the woman on the back of his motorcycle sat down on the edge of the road. Linda thinks she was injured severely.
The deer laid on the road and twitched for a while before dying.
Meanwhile, the other two motorcycles had stopped and one of the riders picked up pieces of motorcycle off the road.
The weeds were so tall, neither the motorcyclist or the deer could see the other was on the road.
That accident illustrates the problem when the state and county don't keep ditches clean.
In Montgomery County I am convinced there will be an accident at the intersection of S.R. 234 and the county road that goes to Waveland near the Shades. The weeds are so high at the intersection, a driver coming from Waveland has to creep out onto 234 and pray no one is coming.
I understand the state and county governments have less money than ever. I have attended enough meetings and heard government officials warn that if taxes aren't increased there will have to be job cuts. I don't want to see anyone lose a job, whether government or private sector. But can't we mow weeds along the road?