Pass Safely to Reduce Risk of Injury, Death

by Audry Kensicki on March 9, 2010 at 9:08 am

There have been three area residents killed in accidents in our viewing area that may have been caused by improper passing.

Sgt. Jeremy Mendenhall of the Zanesville Post of the State Highway Patrol said accidents like these can be avoided with proper passing techniques.

"When you’re passing a vehicle, common sense has got to prevail," said Sgt. Mendenhall. "If you’re going to pass, there are some things you’ve got to take into consideration. Is it a passing zone? If it’s a passing zone, you want to check off that yes, it is a passing zone. Is it safe to pass? Is there any traffic coming opposite of me where I’m going to hinder their flow?"

Sgt. Mendenhall said when passing on two-lane roads you need to indicate your passing with a turn signal as well as giving an audible signal by beeping your horn. He said on the interstate an audible signal isn’t necessary, but it is on smaller, country roads.

"Especially in this area with a lot of county roads," he said. "There aren’t a lot of markings on the road as well. If there aren’t’ any markings controlling the traffic, make sure you’re not within 500 feet of a hillcrest, if you can safely go around, just do it safely."

Sgt. Mendenhall said even if you are on a straight stretch of road, you must obey the lines marking it. He said if it is a double yellow line, it is that way for a reason—to keep you safe.