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Letter to Missouri - Department of Transportation
Dear MO DOT Personnel:
Yesterday, 12/16/16, my brother and I, in two separate vehicles, got to experience the State's attempt at population control, when MO DOT chose to not salt the roads for our first winter of icy weather. At first, I thought, "hmmm....this must be a throwback from my days in North Carolina. Am I sure we are in Missouri? This would be expected in North Carolina as they do not see as much snow and ice as Missouri, but....no....no, this is Missouri." Hmmm.....My brother was stuck in traffic for 6.5 hours, and I was stuck in traffic for 10. TEN HOURS!!! Sheriff came walking to my car and said, "No salt trucks." I'm like, "What? You are kidding, right?" Nope. When the salt truck finally came, I had been sitting there from 4 p.m. to midnight, after having left work at 3 p.m.
MIDNIGHT!!! I got home a few minutes after 1 a.m.
My brother stated: "In the 31 years that I have lived in Missouri, this is the first, EVER!!! Apparently, they just wanted a Friday night off."
So, I sat there, turned on the radio and sang to my hearts content, not caring who heard me. (It was do this or stress myself out to the point of a seizure.) The guy in the vehicle in front of me came to my car, after I stopped putting on my show, and asked me if he could use my phone. His family had not heard from him for 6 hours. I told him I only had 4% battery, so he ended up using the Sheriff's cellphone.
Therefore, I just wanted to let you know that despite your population control efforts, I arrived home safely, at 1 a.m. with thawed out pizza and my nerves shot to hell. Which btw, is not a good thing for a woman with a controlled seizure disorder. Controlled or not, and in getting 3 hours of sleep and still reporting to work the next day.
My brother had left his car in our parents' driveway, and drove his wife and baby girl, home in their 4 wheel drive. However, you should be thankful that my pregnant sister in law made it to my parents' house safely. My parents drove my brother's car to his house the following morning.
Please, as my brother mentioned last night, "Missouri drivers' lives matter."
We don't care about having to give out overtime. We don't care if it ruined your Friday night off. We all just want a safe commute on our Missouri Highways. This is Missouri. Those salt trucks should have been prepared.
Do you know what I saw on my route home after they allowed us to leave this particular highway for the side road? Besides the usual MANY cars in the ditch, the lovely vision of an Ambulance in the ditch, a semi truck with no load in the ditch and 6 cars in a row along the ditch.
I thought seeing North Carolinians driving in snow was a sight to see, but this? This has got to be the worst.
When you hear your French Canadian father say, during previous winter storms, "Get out of my way, I'm French Canadian and I know how to drive in snow." To yesterdays, "I almost slammed into a semi truck while at Mr. Fuel," well, one knows something is wrong here.
If there needs to be some firing and re-hiring to make my point, please feel free to use this hub to make it.
Whoever didn't keep Missourians safe yesterday, please find someone else who will.