Blame may truly lie with local drivers

Published 12:21am Sunday, September 30, 2012

Conventional wisdom is to blame automobile accidents on someone — or something — else.

Rarely do we like to admit that something is, in fact, our fault. Blame avoidance is just human nature.

How many of us have heard someone refer to an intersection as “bad?”

We’ve all done it, but the reality is that intersections don’t cause accidents, but it’s us. Human beings cause most traffic accidents.

The most obvious causes include speed, distractions and impairment.

Speed always complicates traffic mishaps as the speed dramatically cuts down the time a driver can react when a problem comes up.

Distractions simply take away a driver’s attention. Those come in all sorts of forms — from screaming children to a screaming telephone with a beckoning text message alert.

Obviously impairment comes in the form of alcohol, drugs and even exhaustion.

But if we’re really honest with ourselves, many of us may actually engage in all of these dangerous activities each week, all while piloting a two-ton wrecking ball on four-wheels.

In today’s Style section, we feature the inspiring story of a young man who was in a truck wreck caused by a combination of impairment and speed. His life will be changed forever.

Across our area, many others are not as lucky. Too many people still lose their lives in automobile accidents that could have been prevented.

When you next climb behind the wheel of your car or truck, ask yourself if you’re of the right state of mind and focused enough to drive without distraction or impairment. Cranking up the engine without being in that state of mind can change your life in an instant.

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    And please remember. Turn signals are not optional equipment. Use them.

  • Anonymous

    I DON’T KNOW ABOUT ALL OF THAT. BUT WHAT I DO KNOW IS THAT FLY-OVER BRIDGE SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN PLACE YEARS AGO. THAT DEATH-TRAP INTERSECTION ON THE SOUTH END NEEDS TO BE OUT-LAWED.

  • Anonymous

    Most people in Natchez, and in MS think “blinking” lights are just for Christmas trees……… Majority of folks around here would get creamed if they drove in a LARGE city….. No one here signals when making a lane change, and creep in the left lane (fast lane)….

  • Anonymous

    What a WASTE of taxpayers money!!!!

  • vilou09

    I refer to natchez as the land of the left lane abusers…

  • Anonymous

    Exactly. They have no clue that the left lane is for faster traffic, and passing. They sit in the left lane chuggin’ along 50mph oblivious to everything around ‘em.

  • Anonymous

    The fastest anyone should be driving in the city is 45. Slow down and enjoy small town livin.

  • Anonymous

    Funny how when Natchez had 22,000 people, that intersection worked just fine. Now that it has just over 16,000 it needs an overpass. More wasted porkulus funds.

  • Anonymous

    You must be one of the “left laners”.