First issue of concern is the number of fatalities on our state roads.
While each California Highway Patrol investigation summed up the traffic collisions involving single vehicles as accidents, six people lost their lives when their vehicles hit stationary objects after drifting off the roadways.
In one case a 23-year-old man was not wearing a seatbelt.
The truth is because the drivers in three of the four accidents died, the CHP can only surmise why the crashes occurred.
Statistics show many times the driver loses control because he or she is too tired to drive and falls asleep at the wheel.
We encourage everyone to make sure you are well rested before taking to the road.
If in doubt don’t make the trip. If you start feeling tired, please pull over and rest.
The second issue is respect for law enforcement and your neighbor.
Drinking and driving is an established taboo.
It is insane to get behind the wheel of car after imbibing in a few cocktails or one too many beers.
It is also not cool to drink to the point that you become a public nuisance and the police have to be called to calm you down.
Both incidents happened the weekend of Sept. 9-11.
In the DUI incident, the driver hit a cement wall and fortunately did not injure himself, his passenger or others.
What is disconcerting is in both incidents, the men decided to physically assault the police officers, causing injury.
The Susanville Police Department captain assured us that the men were secured with proper force.
We are glad the officers were not hurt worse than they were.
We also encourage the officers to use whatever means they have to keep themselves safe.
The city of Susanville can only afford so many officers on the force to protect the rest of us from those who seem hell bent on breaking the law.
We also encourage citizens to be the eyes and ears for our men and women assigned to protect us.
If you witness a crime or someone driving erratically, call 911 immediately.
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