On Thursday, February 11, a woman was killed in a collision in Northwest Indiana. A man tried to pass another vehicle in a no passing zone, lost control of his car, and crashed into the woman’s vehicle, sending the woman’s vehicle into a nearby field. She was extracted from her vehicle and taken the hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. Patience is an important quality of any driver, and there are certain things you should never do as a driver, even if you are in a hurry.
- Never pass in a no-passing zone. Even if you think the road ahead looks clear, there is a reason it is not legal to pass in that area. You might be going around a curve or other area where you cannot see oncoming traffic very well.
- Never speed in a school zone. Flashing lights or signs may indicate you are in a school zone and will advise you of the speed limit. Even if you do not see children, maintain an appropriate speed.
- Never try to go around a vehicle that appears to be stopped at a crosswalk or that might have stopped to let pedestrians cross the street. Even if you do not see anyone, the pedestrians could be blocked by the vehicle ahead of you, and you might hit the person or people if you try to go around the vehicle.
- Never try to beat a yellow light or run a red light. This could easily result in a collision, especially if another vehicle is coming fairly quickly.
- Never go under the gates at a railroad crossing. It is worth waiting for a couple of minutes rather than risking your life to beat the train across the tracks.