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Letter: One motorcyclist’s ‘Highway Heroes’

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Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 12:02 pm | Updated: 2:37 pm, Wed Mar 27, 2013.

As a motorcyclist, my safety focuses on my personal readiness, my gear and my motorcycle — skills honed at TEAM Arizona.

Some hazards we create and some inattentive drivers create. Sometimes it’s road debris, which comes in all sizes — cans to mattresses.

My wife and I once hit a ladder while driving in our van. The noise forecasted serious damage to our vehicle’s underbelly.

Fortunately there wasn’t damage, but we were shaking all the way to IKEA, and after.

Imagine hitting that on a 500-pound motorcycle!

While the road-debris training from TEAM Arizona provides a level of comfort, that ladder would have presented a significant challenge to executing that training.

On my way to work were the electronic warning signs: “Warning – Sweepers Ahead.”

Traveling in the HOV lane, I saw the sweeper’s flashing lights warning of their presence; urging me to change lanes. I quickly and appreciatively obliged.

Passing the street sweepers, I remembered trouncing the ladder and renewed my appreciation for how our sweepers keep the highways safe.

As a motorcyclist and routine highway traveler, I want you to know these sweepers are my “Highway Heroes.” Their diligence is a direct relationship to safely commuting 90-plus miles a day.

Richard Forristall

Queen Creek

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