In the 13 years we have lived in the vicinity of 371, I have seen more people killed on this highway than all other places I have lived put together. Traffic deaths in Crow Wing County are outrageous: In the past two months this vicinity lost a young teacher (killed) on Sleepy Hollow Road (131) and 21. Dec. 18, a young 32-year-old man and an 8-year-old boy (killed) on Sleepy Hollow Road (131) and 45. Plus many others! Ninety percent on 371 are "head-on accidents" (Who's to blame)? The Legislature, for raising speed limits? Leaders, brainwashing society into thinking time is the most important thing in our lives? What are the odds of dying driving 65-75 mph compared with 50-60? Will you save 10 minutes or kill someone else? Will you see that sunset or maybe that deer getting ready to jump in front of your car? For 50 years older drivers were taught ("Speed kills. Ride right. Stay away from centerline. Pass only when safe. Don't tailgate. Don't hit brakes on ice. Slow down and live. Must have car under control at all times") -- impossible at 60! Just let your mind wander for a split second or reach for something while driving in traffic and the next second you could be dead, especially if you're encumbered by a seat belt or shoulder harness. "Keep alert."
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