Regarding the June 9 Road Worrier column “Rethink interstate on-ramp naps”: Evidently they think it’s better for a driver to continue driving sleepy than to stop on a ramp to sleep.
Ideally, drivers would plan their trips so that they’re at a facility when it’s time for a break, but late at night, as large as some of the truck stops are, the parking lots get filled up and there’s not enough room for another truck. Also, sometimes there are traffic issues that delay a trip, and the driver is out of time earlier than planned and must stop.
According to the Highway Patrol spokesman, none of the 101 deaths involving stopped vehicles occurred on off-ramps.
I would suggest the patrol focus on moving disabled cars that are abandoned and are now allowed to sit for days along the traveled portion of the highway.
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