Tag Archive | travel

Watch out for that deer!

white_tailed_deer_buck2

Justa friendly PSA for all my fellow PA drivers: be on alert for deer crossing the roads!

I’ve been on high alert since about two weeks ago when I did an article about this being prime season for hitting deer. Apparently, their mating season is a perfect storm of time for them to be running around and hitting/smashing cars.

This week is the peak of that season.

Friday, on our way back from dinner, my fiance and I actually came upon an entire pack of deer – does and young deer, all crossing the road/eating. They were within like 5 feet of our car.

I was terrified, noting, like the park ranger told me a couple weeks ago, if you see one deer, there could be more.

So I was freaking out, telling Mike to drive away and let them be, but he was excited and was enjoying looking at them.

It was quite an experience.

Then we drove another 20 feet or so and saw another deer in another location. I was so happy to just park the car and not have to worry about it.

So, yes, please be careful out there – it’s high time for deer out there!

Advertisements

How do we stop texting while driving?

Yesterday on Facebook, a story brought out a surprisingly large reaction from users.

We asked “How do we stop texting while driving?” while linking to a story about a woman who was charged with manslaughter for texting while driving before a fatal crash.

People had some good ideas.

untitledI guess what struck me though, were those that said maybe it can’t be stopped.

They have a point: we outlaw texting while driving, drinking and driving, speeding, but that doesn’t stop people from doing it.

So can anything be done? Should technology take care of it?

I don’t know.

What do you think – can texting while driving be stopped?

Facebook feedback: What do you think about new TSA guidelines?

There was some good Facebook discussion on the Daily Item’s page yesterday regarding the new TSA regulations which would allow for small pocket knives on planes.

Here’s some more info:

TSA Administrator John Pistole announced Tuesday that airline passengers will be able to carry pocketknives with blades less than 2.36 inches long and less than half an inch wide. Souvenir baseball bats, golf clubs and other sports equipment also will be permitted starting next month.

The agency said the policy aligns the U.S. with international standards and allows the TSA to concentrate on more serious safety threats.

Check out part of the discussion:

untitled

I really don’t know which way I lean, but I do know this: why can’t I keep my iPod on during takeoff yet? Even in airplane mode?! And why is my shampoo still considered a security risk?!?

Maybe those are the questions we need to be focused on, rather than whether or not knives should be allowed on planes.

Kudos to PennDOT

Too often I think we’re quick to criticize PennDOT for not plowing quick enough or leaving roads untidy.

But in terms of preparing for yesterday’s storm that wasn’t, PennDOT was all over it.

Photographer Rob Inglis and I traveled I80 yesterday and saw de-icer ready to go all down the highway:

image

So kudos to them for being prepared, and thank God we didn’t see ant major storm activity.

Know someone who deserves a shout-out in the Valley? Let me know!