Eureka #1 In Traffic Accidents?
Why does this surprise me? I know Eureka has its fair share of auto accidents, but I wouldn't have expected Eureka to have so many more than other cities.
Not shown on the online version of the story is a map of Eureka showing some of the intersections that are accident hot spots. Among them: Fourth and F streets, 5th and H, Wabash and Fairfield, Henderson and Broadway, Henderson and E and Buhne and H (that's Carson Park Ranger's corner. We'll blame him for that one).
Most of those are heavily traveled intersections and one would expect the more heavily traveled intersections to naturally have more accidents, but wouldn't intersections with heavy traffic tend to make drivers more alert? I don't know.
The article throws out three possible reasons for Eureka's high accident rate: Bad driving, lack of enforcement and bad street design, suggesting it might also be a combination of all three.
I have a hard time believing people are going to speed and run stop signs simply because of lack of enforcement and I'm also not so sure that our streets are designed better or worse than elsewhere.
But, someone is at fault in just about any accident and I suppose one could say that equates to bad driving. So why are there so many bad drivers in Eureka? It's either something in the air, or maybe it has something to do with attitude?
I suspect there's a certain attitude prevalent in a lot of Eurekans that results in bad driving. Why that certain attitude- whatever that attitude is- prevails amongst so many Eurekans and not in cities elsewhere, I have no idea.
Maybe it is something in the air?