Guardrails might have saved lives |

Guardrails might have saved lives

Dear Editor:We wanted to thank The Aspen Times for running the [Jan. 10] article on highway safety and the tragic death of my sister, Ann Eaker on Highway 133 on Oct. 23.Just one note of correction, my mother, Helene Toney, did not visit the scene after the accident – I did when I was up there in November closing up Annie’s Marble home. My mother spent several weeks in Redstone and Marble in September and is very familiar with the area, though.Also, as a comment to John Armstrong’s assertion that “guardrails are not needed if speed limits are obeyed” – neither of the two fatal accidents on Highway 133 in the last six months involved excessive speeds and all three deaths might have been prevented with guardrails. Perhaps more aggressive patrolling and higher fines would convince drivers to slow down and heed warning signs.The Colorado Wildlife on the Move awareness program (Aspen Times, Nov. 10, 2004) is indicative of several organizations’ understanding that more driver awareness was needed. Unfortunately, the program was launched too late to save the most recent victims of wildlife on the roads.Lenny Karle-ZenithAnn Arbor, Mich.

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