Any time we take an extended family trip to Indianapolis or other eastern locations, my mom will always say, “I’d prefer it if you’d take 40.”
She’s always had reservations about Interstate 70, whether it’s the speed, the heavy traffic (particularly semi-trailers) or the seemingly never-ending accidents happening on that road.
I would always argue that I’ve never had any trouble and that I-70 is so much faster. It would often be a toss up on which route we would take.
Working in Clay County the past few years has given me a new perspective on I-70, particularly between the Illinois state line and Indianapolis. Before and just like now, I worked nights and paid very little attention to nightly TV or other media reports on accidents along I-70. Now that I am being forced to report on the tragedies, it’s really hard to ignore.
I’ve been looking for someone or something to blame for I-70’s problems. Is the trucking industry doing enough to keep their drivers from distractions inside their cabs. Are they working too many hours resulting in fatigue?
What about everyday drivers who ignore the speed limit, tailgaters or other types of aggressive drivers?
Then there is the never-ending construction. While it seems whenever you take a trip on any interstate, you will run into construction, I-70 seems to be in a continual state of repair.
Don’t get me wrong. I am happy state and local police are stepping up patrols on I-70, but it’s not going to quell my fears any time soon.
For the immediate future, I will slow down and take my mom’s advice.