A little help here, MTO
February 3, 2015
There has been a lot of talk these days about the maintenance of our winter roads. Carol Moffatt posted a picture on Facebook the other weekend of the deplorable conditions on Hwy 35 at 1:30 p.m. It seems like Carillion has a clause in their contract about sleeping in on weekends, or for that matter, any days of the week. I had the unfortunate opportunity of experiencing the effect of “minimum standards” first-hand. My five-year-old daughter and I were coming back from the dump, singing and laughing, you know – those special moments. We were rounding a left hand turn on an unplowed county road at 10:45 a.m. on a Sunday. Before I knew it, we were sideways. This was where it all slowed down. In what seemed like forever, I pulled back the first slide, looked at all the options – roll down an embankment or pinball down the guard rail further on, and decided on action. I picked the beginning of the guard rail and slammed into it driver’s side. I go over the scenario again and again. It happened so fast yet went so slow. I had time to look at my daughter and tell her to hold on. The impact was hard and luckily the rail gave and absorbed some energy. We weren’t going fast. I had good winter tires and was aware of the conditions. In a fraction of a second you’re out of the groove and just along for the ride. In the eyes of the insurance, we should have stayed home. Yes it was my fault but I can’t help but think how many accidents could have been avoided this year if the “minimum standards” were a little higher. So, you’re all wondering how we are? My daughter is fine, not even a sore muscle. I had a good hit driver’s side but I will be fine. The van? Well, time to go shopping. Every time I drive by the spot, I see all the different outcomes the day could have had. This one seemed like the best case scenario. One slight distraction and that was it. But let’s up the bar here MTO, help us out a bit.