In our opinion: Despite our best efforts, it could have been worse
November 26, 2010 · 4:01 PM
With our hills and narrow passages, Bremerton and Silverdale are a natural candidate for a meltdown when the snow falls.
But there is no question that, at least in Monday’s storm, we are capable of making whatever nature dishes our way a whole lot worse.
Despite warnings to stay off the roads, to drive slowly, to not invest too much faith in big trucks with four-wheel drive, Kitsap roads were the scene of constant spin-outs. Margins were littered with abandoned vehicles, making it that much more treacherous and frightening for everybody else.
On top of the hubris was the negligence and disregard for others.
We in Western Washington are mocked for our inability to deal with a couple inches of snow. Locals counter that unlike the Midwest or the Northeast, we have hills that quickly become roller coasters with just the slightest hint of ice.
But that excuse only extends to the weather, not our response.
When a vehicle spins out on an onramp or offramp to the highway, and instead of moving out of the way, drivers bumble into traffic as the line of idling cars backs up for miles, jeopardizing life and limb, that has nothing to do with the weather.
That’s on us.