Again, Nakdthoughts, you have offered some very good points but I must argue to a degree that this was a most unusual circumstance. We get snow all the time here...
As I stated before, the snow did not start until 2:30 p.m. in the afternoon. I am usually one of the first ones to leave. And I don't fear being killed, if one is in an accident, it is the inconvenience of it all...standing there waiting for the police and a tow truck, renting a car, paying to get your car fixed, and possibly being without a car for a week or two.
And people do leave work early, but some do not...because there have been many times when they predicted a storm and it missed us completely, or we've just gotten flurries out of it.
I-78 is an Interstate, so people are traveling that road from state to state, and probably do not pick up the local news and weather channels all the time.
Puttinng all of that aside...putting all drivers aside that drive fast...or talk on cell phones or eat while they're driving...and realize that accidents do happen all over the place during bad weather....
my problem with this is why...were these people sitting there all night long with no aid and no public service workers coming out to that streatch of the highway to get traffic going again...around here, that is simply unheard of?
Working construction as I did, I have contacts that work with Penn Dot. They all say the same thing...funding over the years for those services has been chipped away again and again, apparently, not many people are aware of that...and now a days they do not have enough workers to keep up with the weather if we get hit hard.
Police no longer have the money to hire more police so that each police officer does not have to drive alone, especially at night, which makes for a very dangerous career. That in itself is so totally beyond my comprehension. What political leader do you know, has stood up for the people and said, "I don't think we should give ourselves raises this year, I think we should give public services back to the people"
As is, why those people sat there for 22 hours without seeing services workers offering assistance is literally unheard of. Why were the ramps not closed down?
Why did state officials continue to allow people on that interstate instead of closing it down becausse they knew about it, as people were making calls to them from their stranded cars. This was a 50 mile back up?
When there is an accident, you expect to sit in traffic, and when it involves a tractor trailer, you will sit much longer, but, when there is an accident, public state officials respond and clear the accident so that people are able to pass and salt trucks are able to get thru...
That did not happen here, and...to boot, as I said, there is a police barracks down the road, pleanty of motels in the area, and yes, even a Penn Dot yard?
This is what has people completely boggled.
I agree, people shouldn't be out there driving...but unless a snow state of emergency is issued...people will drive.
And Mike, I still stand by my comment...and I believe most people know, when cut backs must be enforced, it is always the public services that must bear the brunt of those cut backs. From townships to boroughs, all public services are hit...including child services...police, heavy and highway, Penn Dot...etc.
My point is, this is a small happenstance compared to a terrorist attack, and if this is the way we handle things...we are no safer then before, as they would like us to believe.
Everyone around here is absolutely up in air about this and scratching their heads asking themselves, why were those people made to sit there all night, and into the next day, regardless of the accident or how or why it happened. We have never seen this happen before, and hopefully will never see it again...
Oh, and those people who were stuck have reported not seeing any public workers come to them during the night...that is another thing no one understands.
You move the disabled truck...you bring in salt trucks, and you put down salt as each vehicle starts to move...and you address each and every individual accident as such.
Hope I've made it a bit clearer. And in my opinion, this situation needs to be looked into...to find out why?
And Mike, I'm shocked, literally shocked...YOU drive 75 MPH?
Thanks for your comments.