Something we’ve likely mentioned before about driving around Kershaw County bears repeating, especially after Sunday evening’s heavy downpour: We all need to remember to drive more safely.
One of the biggest reminders is that if you turn your windshield wipers on, you should turn on your headlights, too. In fact, it’s state law: You have to turn on your headlights any time you turn on your windshield wipers. The common sense behind this is simple: rain -- even a light mist -- decreases visibility, so turning on your headlights makes it more likely other drivers are going to see you.
Of course, speeding is always a bad idea. Most of us will admit to doing a “standard” 5 or 10 mph over the speed limit, if only to keep from getting smashed by others doing the same. However, “driving too fast for conditions” is a real law that applies if you lose control due to speeding, especially in heavy rains like Sunday night’s.
Which reminds us -- we really wish our troopers, deputies and police officers would slow down when they are simply driving around, rather than responding to an emergency. We understand that you need to get to the scene of a crime or accident quickly, which is why you have your lights and sirens. Too often, however, law enforcement officers whiz through our towns at what we feel are unsafe speeds -- no lights to be seen, no sirens to be heard.
To our men and women in blue, black, etc.: We want you to get home safe, too.