Ask a Trooper — Sgt. Mowers answers one final question prior to retirement
EDITOR’S NOTE: Sgt. Curt Mowers is retiring after serving 30 years with the Minnesota State Patrol. He has authored Ask a Trooper columns which have been posted regularly on HometownSource.com. Thanks Sgt. Mowers for your work with public safety and for interacting with our readers.
Ask a Trooper — QUESTION: Can you give some good “last minute” advice or info about traffic safety in a nutshell, since you are no longer going to be an active trooper after your July 1 retirement?
ANSWER: Yes,…”in a nutshell”: Remember that driving or riding in a motor vehicle is one of the most dangerous things you do on a daily basis. Everyone has to take personal responsibility for their own actions behind the wheel. Speeding really does kill, and more speed kills more. Know the rules of the road for the type of vehicle you are operating.
Do your part to survive by always wearing your seatbelt and obeying all traffic rules. Too many drivers tailgate, pass on the right, fail to signal and don’t concentrate on their driving. If we all focused on our driving, we would have a lot fewer deaths and injuries on our roadways. Don’t drink and drive, and report those who do. Respect police officers during traffic stops. Be prepared for anything to happen out on the highway, as your life and the life of others depend on it! Let’s all keep working together “towards zero deaths!”
Thank you to everyone for doing your part in traffic safety! — Sgt. Curt Mowers