The count this week:

  • Birds – 2
  • Squirrel – 1

Thats it! Good job, Whatcom county  . . . or I just didn’t drive where the roadkill was, anyway, I will take it! Looks good.

The Economist, in an article dated May 12, 2011, and titled “Fighting Road Kill”, wrote the following:

“SOME mortal threats grab all the attention. Malnutrition, HIV/AIDS and cancer win over rock stars to the cause and provoke grown-ups to wear plastic bracelets. At the other end of the spectrum, past meningitis and diarrheal disease, lies road safety—which has been largely neglected on the global stage. But not for a lack of urgency. Globally, road accidents were the ninth leading cause of death in 2004. By 2030 they could be the fifth, above HIV/AIDS and lung cancer.”

The article states that “many Europeans like driving fast”, and “in India, lanes exist in theory only; motorists make suicidal attempts to overtake”.  Read the article, it is informative. They do focus on developing nations, but as a world-renowned economist stated (Manfred Max-Neef) , America is the first “underdeveloping” nation.

You may one day find yourself in a third world country without even leaving home. Find out what that means for safety on the road. Not even getting into bridges that fall down.

Well, some of these things are beyond our control, but we can all drive within reasonable speed limits for the road conditions and watch out for wildlife, other cars and pedestrians and bicycles. 

Good luck, and drive and walk with your brain functioning, don’t let yourself operate on “automatic pilot”, it really doesn’t work very well for the changing conditions you will be encountering along your path, whether walking along a road, or driving on it.

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