2011-11-03 / Editorial

Scattering Seeds

BY JOHN A. MURPHY

jamurphy@jamestownlawyer.com

The Newport Bridge is a most unforgiving place. It has to be one of the most dangerous stretches of road in our state. Four lanes with no space or tolerance whatsoever for breakdowns; high curbs that bounce errant vehicles right back into traffic. With no barrier or space separating vehicles speeding in opposite directions, a traveler on the Newport Bridge is completely at the mercy of the judgment and skill of fellow motorists.

It’s a game of Russian roulette: on the Newport Bridge there is likely to be a significant number of distracted drivers. Many are looking at the gorgeous views up and down the bay. And, unfortunately, many drivers are attending to mundane, but highly dangerous distractions, such as texting, talking on the phone, eating, reading, et cetera.

So, when there has been a collision on the Newport Bridge, in many instances, it is reasonable to believe that there was likely a distracted driver involved. We may not know the particular distraction, but it is a good bet that one of the operators in any collision on the Newport Bridge was not fully concentrating on driving.

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