Steamboat Springs I am saddened by the recent, senseless death of Lorna Farrow. My heartfelt thoughts go out to her family and friends.
I have read online posts placing blame on CDOT and the need for widening the road and putting in turn lanes and so forth. But the sad truth is that we, as drivers who have ever passed another car on the shoulder of the road, are to blame for this woman's tragic death. We have made it an acceptable practice to pass on the shoulder past vehicles that are turning left. We are in such a hurry that we cannot wait the few seconds that it would take to stop and let the driver complete their turn.
There is no need for us to put in more lanes or widen the road. We simply need to obey the rules of the road and stop, allowing the car turning to complete their turn before proceeding. It is so easy, and it really is not going to change our arrival time to home or to work that much.
Please, next time you see the car in front of you trying to make a left-hand turn, stop, take a deep breath, and think about Lorna. Who knows - the life you save may be your own.