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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Members of Jackson and Posey Township volunteer fire departments cleared debris off of State Road 59 after a two-vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon. According to Indiana State Police officials, Charlotte Gutherie, 65, Brazil, was attempting to turn into a driveway at 3508 North SR 59 when her station wagon was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by Michelle L. Vester, 37, Jasonville. Officials confirmed both women were treated for undisclosed injuries. Trooper Ted Robertson told The Brazil Times Vester could be cited for following too closely for her involvement in the accident.

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or possibly texting while driving. I see way too many people talking and texting while driving.

-- Posted by (B_b) is an idiot !! on Wed, Nov 17, 2010, at 6:24 PM

I can say from experience in my drive to Indianapolis every day, there are FAR too many drivers who ride my bumper frequently - to the point where I can't even see their headlights!

If this is what happened in this case, it's no wonder Ms. Vester didn't have time to stop.

Texting and driving is a huge problem, though, (B_b) you're right.

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Nov 18, 2010, at 11:10 AM

As a former trucker, I'd like to remind everyone, "If you can't see my mirrors, I can't see YOU!"

-- Posted by gratefoole on Thu, Nov 18, 2010, at 12:35 PM

I didnt see anything anywhere about texting.

But it is a real problem. I do use the blue tooth hands free with my cell phone.

-- Posted by T-REX on Thu, Nov 18, 2010, at 1:20 PM

Gratefoole,I to was a former driver for 40 some years, I took my Semi to the local Highschool where I lived at the time and had the drivers Ed teacher park the cars on the left and the right in the no see zone.Then the students had to get in adjust the seat and see what I would see while driving.they were actually amazed at the blind spots.

-- Posted by T-REX on Thu, Nov 18, 2010, at 1:23 PM

If you are looking close enough to notice people texting while driving that often, you are probably paying less attention to the road than they are.

I know texting/talking while driving must be a problem, but I rarely even look at a person inside of a car, much less closely enough to see what they are doing.

-- Posted by olmedic on Thu, Nov 18, 2010, at 3:44 PM

OLMEDIC - I disagree with the "if you are looking close enough .." comment. I've had numerous people driving in front of me with one hand on the wheel and one hand texting .. you can see their phones up next to the steering wheel and their thumbs just goin' to town.

No, this article doesn't mention texting specifically. I, personally, mentioned it because it is such a problem nationwide.

As for the truckers - a friend of mine is an OTR driver and has opened my eyes to many of the issues 18-wheelers face while driving, to include passenger cars that cut-off a moving truck carrying 30,000 lbs and ASSUMING they have the ability to stop as easily as a car can.

By the same token, coming home from picking up family at the Indy Airport last night, a trucker was driving 85mph down I-70W (I was speeding myself, though nowhere near 85mph) in the passing lane while a line of cars were behind him .. riding his bumper.

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Nov 24, 2010, at 10:16 AM

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