Is cane burning the next evil genius or the next plague? Cane burning did not cause an accident (Letters, June 18). Cane can't even drive.
Of course it burns along the highway, it grows along the highway.
I retired four years ago after investigating and reviewing traffic accidents for 30 years. This includes multivehicle pileups in the fog, crashes in whiteout conditions, smoke covering the freeway from rice burns, peat dirt dust storms and rains so strong you can't see the road. In order to blame these conditions for a traffic accident, every single vehicle had to have crashed in these conditions.
So, it appears some motorists were following the basic speed law. What caused this traffic accident was one driver running into the rear of another driver. The basic speed law in every state, including this one (though the verbiage may be different), is drivers are required to drive at a speed that allows them to take safe correct evasive action in the event a hazard occurs. Correct is the keyword.
The letter writer states that visibility was 2 feet and unsafe to drive in. According to the letter writer, it was unsafe at any speed and she admits this.
The smoke didn't sneak upon traffic. They saw it yet drove into it blindly. Therefore, this is an incorrect conclusion that the smoke caused the traffic accident.