Sign more effective than a guardrail
Over the years, I happen to have had a room with a view. I have seen centrifugal force play out.
Centrifugal force is defined as the apparent force felt by an object moving in a curved path that acts outwardly away from the center of rotation.
Recalling the first time, I was in my bedroom watching a set of headlight beams climb up my wall to and across the ceiling. Surprisingly, I saw a car sitting on its roof. It had flipped into a ditch. Quite a few years later, a person fleeing the police crashed a car smack in the center of a telephone pole.
Another night I heard a very loud bang. A driver took out the entire storefront of our building. We once had a motorcyclist lay his bike into the curve at a high speed. You got it, centrifugal force played in the bike ending up on my relative’s front steps.
Those same relatives that lived on the other bend of our street had many crashes in their yard. Guardrail was installed only to be uprooted by more speeders. This short stretch of road has two bends challenging driver’s at high speeds.
The latest tornado took out my neighbors’ entire front porch. The small stretch of road puts a true meaning to the “test of time.” I had talked to this neighbor, he stated someone suggested a guardrail on his side of the street as well. I hate to say it, but that image would make it appear we live in an industrial park. Not an attractive atmosphere to live by. My suggestion would be placing a sign on both bends.
“Dead man’s curve.” It’s a little colorful and it sends a great message.
PAUL M. LAWSON