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Speeding On Forest Roads Brings Concerns

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Cars racing down a backwoods dirt road, raising clouds of dust and leaping over berms are exciting to see in episodes of “Dukes of Hazard” or “Smokey and the Bandit,”  but have no place on area forest roads.  Forest Spokesperson Mary Cernicek says speeding and reckless driving is becoming a problem on a number of forest roads now and poses some real concerns. Cernicek says not only does the speeding cars create a lot of dust for the motorists following them, but there is quite a variety of uses that go on along those forest service roads including people on foot, people on bicycles, and other lower profile uses that people might not see and forest service workers who may be working alongside the roads.  Cernicek says the forest roads are commonly steeper and windier than public highways and most were designed and constructed as single lane roads.  While no specific speed is typically posted on these roads, the maximum speed on the most improved roads is only 35 miles an hour and Cernicek says common sense should prevail in all other situations.  She says motorists should drive at a speed where they can stop in ½ the distance that they can see down the road. That way, when vehicles emerge from around a blind corner, they can each stop before colliding.  She particularly points out that in rainy weather conditions, dirt roads to become muddy and very slick.

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