Crosses along Highway 9 would tell the story |

Crosses along Highway 9 would tell the story

Let’s face it. There is no one good answer for slowing down traffic on Highway 9 between Silverthorne and Kremmling.

More cops aren’t the answer. Lowering speed limits is pretty redundant since the fools we are talking about could care less about posted speeds.

It is sad but true that one cannot travel safely on this stretch of highway because of the increasingly high percentage of rude and reckless drivers on the roadway.

The issues include speeding, tailgating, weaving, lack of turn signals, cutting too close to vehicles after passing, and so on. Perhaps a different tactic is needed to catch the attention of these arrogant, self-centered idiots who obviously contain more manure than brains within their craniums.

Crosses. Yup, large white wooden crosses need to be placed along the highway everywhere a fatality has occurred in the past 15 to 20 years – with the name of the deceased written in dark bold letters.

A lot of my work has taken me to different parts of the Southwest, and one place in particular stays in my mind when it comes to high-accident areas. There is an old stretch of highway between Kingman, Ariz., and Laughlin, Nev., where the roadsides are dotted with growing forests of white crosses.

After a night of gambling in Laughlin, and, of course, partaking in the free spirits offered by the casinos, a lot of folks (now deceased) met their maker while losing control of their vehicles on their way to Kingman or points unknown. The crosses always caught my attention and caused me to check my speed.

I’ll be glad to offer my services free to install the first dozen or so crosses. So how about it, Colorado Department of Transportation or Summit County?

Let’s set aside some funds for a few hundred white crosses, sign up volunteers for erecting them and see what happens.

I believe a lot of people will be shocked into slowing down and driving sensibly, though of course, there will be some who are never going to change their habits.

Jim Schumacher


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