“Our rural roads are dangerous”: Cheryl Johnson

Cheryl Johnson, Barnesville: This is where I almost got into an accident. In the winter time, the sides of that bridge build up with ice so the bridge becomes narrower and narrower. There was a plough truck coming through and it was taking up both sides of the lane because it had to and I was coming from the other direction. This is a bit of hill and I was able to stop because I have an all-wheel drive vehicle but if someone had a 2-wheel drive vehicle they would have hit that plough truck. Behind that red sign is a small cross where someone died from an accident in the middle of the night. This picture looks so beautiful, but looks can be deceiving. This spot is a cell phone dead zone, so if an accident happens people have to walk to the nearest house to call for help that might not arrive for hours. Our rural roads are dangerous. You can see the marks on the road where someone came to a sudden stop. You can see the patch work on the bridge. When I think of rural voices and sharing the most important story for me, it would be how dangerous daily life is because we are neglected. Our roads are not maintained and they are killing people.

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