Letter to Editor: Look into the mirror when playing the ‘Blame Game’
To the Editor:
Regarding the March 4th letter to the editor, “Where’s the accountability,” I have to really call into question Steve Woollett’s assertion that Cloquet city street personnel somehow, due to their lack of action, created the accident that caused damage to his vehicle, leading him to become a “victim,” as he puts it. As Mr. Woollett himself stated, those crews monitor and maintain that specific intersection on a regular basis, within reason. As a grown adult living in the Northland, he should be well aware that winter car accidents are almost exclusively the result of the involved parties driving too fast for conditions, period! If you take a deliberate and cautious (i.e. slow) approach when nearing a stopping point like the one he refers to, today’s modern radial tires will allow you to come to a hault on virtually any slick surface, including pure ice. Rather than point a finger at people who had little to no control over his fender bender, perhaps Mr. Woollett should revisit the handy pamphlet the Minnesota Dept. of Motor Vehicles gives out to all novice drivers to study, prior to assigning them a license.
Keith M. Johnson, Cloquet