Fall­ing leaves — beau­ti­ful and treach­er­ous

The Avenue News - - SOLUTIONS -

Au­tumn is per­haps the pret­ti­est sea­son here in the mid-At­lantic. The fo­liage screams yel­low, red and orange as we drive through our neigh­bor­hoods and along the high­ways.

The leaves change color and, as they do, they also dry and fall. As the leaves fall, they coat the roads. Beau­ti­ful. Fall is also the time for rain and wind as the sea­son pro­gresses. Rain hit­ting the leaves can leave the roads slick as ice. Treach­er­ous.

Here at the Bal­ti­more County Po­lice De­part­ment, we urge driv­ers to take ex­tra pre­cau­tions when driv­ing this au­tumn. Drive along the streets wet with leaves as you would drive on ice or snow.

It doesn’t take much to slide when driv­ing at a rea­son­able speed such as 25 mph or 30 mph.

A down­pour can also cre­ate a flash flood if the leaves are left to gather along the gut­ters in the streets. Road crews try hard to keep the water flow­ing, but as good cit­i­zens, we should check the drainage sys­tem for leaves and other de­bris that ac­cu­mu­lates in the runoff. Be­ware when driv­ing dur­ing down­pours. It is easy to be caught in what ap­pears to be a small pud­dle. If the water stretches across the street, it is deeper than you may think. Find an al­ter­nate route. Turn around, don’t drown!

En­joy this beau­ti­ful time of year and use cau­tion when driv­ing in wet weather.

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