Flagman hit by vehicle

A worker holding a "Stop/Slow" sign is in serious condition after being hit by a car around 9 a.m. Tuesday. Full Story
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Unreal

Grand Rapids, MI

#1 Oct 14, 2008
Shouldn't matter if it isnt a state road. Laws should be laws everywhere. If you are too distracted to pay attention in a construction zone you really shouldn't be driving. What, there wasn't advanced warning that something was going on up ahead?? Come on people WAKE UP out there. Put down the phones, unless it is life or death learn to tune out the kids, or pull over, and put your eyes back on where it should be behind the wheel,On the road..
HERES WHAT I THINK

United States

#2 Oct 14, 2008
Perhaps the sun was in his eyes or he was talking on a cell phone?
I do hope the flagman has a quick recovery.
Flanders

Hampton, VA

#3 Oct 14, 2008
"neighbors told 24 Hour News 8 drivers often go way too fast down the road". Geeee imagine that. People often go way to fast. Doesn't that apply to EVERY road in Michigan? Sure seems to in the 100 plus miles I drive five days a week day for work or the few times a year I get to go up north for vacation. Yet for some reason I rarely see anyone pulled over. Why is that?
Lowell resident

Grand Rapids, MI

#4 Oct 14, 2008
There are several warning signs. I live near where this happened and pass by almost everyday. In fact I drove past about 10 minutes before the accident today. I hope everyone recovers quickly. Maybe police need to stop pulling people over for going 30 in the 25 mph zone heading out of Lowell and start going a little farther out. Of course I don't know how far out they can go.

“Ready For The Apocalypse!”

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#5 Oct 14, 2008
Flanders wrote:
People often go way to fast. Doesn't that apply to EVERY road in Michigan? Sure seems to in the 100 plus miles I drive five days a week day for work or the few times a year I get to go up north for vacation. Yet for some reason I rarely see anyone pulled over. Why is that?
I've seen people do some seriously reckless driving right in front of police (ex: car rear ends another car at a red light, and pushes the front car into intersection), and the cops don't pull them over. Maybe they are just writing down license plate numbers and mailing tickets??

Oh! But watch out if you aren't wearing your seatbelt!!
Kitty

Grand Rapids, MI

#6 Oct 14, 2008
Unreal wrote:
Shouldn't matter if it isnt a state road. Laws should be laws everywhere. If you are too distracted to pay attention in a construction zone you really shouldn't be driving. What, there wasn't advanced warning that something was going on up ahead?? Come on people WAKE UP out there. Put down the phones, unless it is life or death learn to tune out the kids, or pull over, and put your eyes back on where it should be behind the wheel,On the road..
I agree with you on the road part, but there is nothing in here about him being on a phone or having any kind of distractions They think that maybe speed was a factor.

Like people have posted before when someone get hurtin an accident, we know we shouldnt talk,txt on our phones, and stop talking to and handing out kids things, and we need to turn our raidos down and pay attention. But you know we all do it so people need to stop with the "Im a perfect driver, I never talk or txt while driving and my kids never cry or shout while in the car" its a bunch of crap and you know it.
Shadow

Tokyo, Japan

#7 Oct 15, 2008
It's ridiculous that someone actually hit a person holding one of those signs. He should be fined and/or put in jail, how else will people start to take this kind of problem seriously? Why are drivers so reckless? It's a huge problem though, and should be dealt with strictly, especially when other people's lives are at stake.

At least the driver swerved, but it just makes the situation even more horrifying that he swerved the same way Burden was trying to jump too. I hope he recovers well.
gary keener

Seymour, TN

#8 Oct 15, 2008
I think that people who blow through these type of work zones for any reason other than a medical condition or a malfunction of their vehicle should be charged to the fullest extent of the law for neglect.this poor flagman was just out doing his job trying to make a living.
Dave

Hudsonville, MI

#9 Oct 15, 2008
It is definitely unfortunate that this accident occurred. But, what the media and road construction signs fail to tell the motorist is that if you hit or kill a contruction worker it is not automatically the fine listed (ie $7500 or 15 years). It has to be in the commission of a felony not being distracted. Now the actual fine of a ticket received in a construction is doubled. But only the actual fine. Which could only be $40 of a $105 ticket, so that fine would be $145. I hope that worker is doing better. Of course just because neighbors say everyone speeds on that stretch of road I imagine is also a stretch to some extent.
Concerned Friend

Marion, MI

#10 Oct 15, 2008
Knowing the facts always helps, the driver was not on the phone, texting or anything like that. If you knew the family, you would know he was on his way to his grandfathers funeral at the time, and was probably distracted with those thoughts. Please make sure you have facts before jumping to conclusions. I pray for a speedy recovery for the injured worker, but also praying for the family of the driver.
TOM

Sparta, MI

#11 Oct 15, 2008
9AM......The sun could very well have been in his eyes
Still should have seen at least one of the signs stating there was a work crew up ahead.
It was an accident just the same.Accident....not on purpose.
I am sure the driver feels pretty bad about the whole thing.
djc

Kalamazoo, MI

#12 Oct 15, 2008
This worksite seems to have been VERY clearly defined. The article states that it is unclear if speed was a factor. Well, if you can't stop at a stop sign then I guess you are going too fast.!!!!!!!!! This driver needs to be removed from our roads. This person who was hit is someones son, bother, husband, and/or father. People need to be more attentive on the road, ALWAYS!!!!!!!!
Concerned

Kalamazoo, MI

#13 Oct 15, 2008
Concerned Friend wrote:
Knowing the facts always helps, the driver was not on the phone, texting or anything like that. If you knew the family, you would know he was on his way to his grandfathers funeral at the time, and was probably distracted with those thoughts. Please make sure you have facts before jumping to conclusions. I pray for a speedy recovery for the injured worker, but also praying for the family of the driver.
So he wanted someone else to be part of a funeral?????
WOTV viewer

Lambertville, MI

#14 Oct 15, 2008
djc
This person who was hit is someones son, bother,
husband, and/or father.

How do you know he was a bother, had you ever been bothered by him?
Battle Creek Mom

Clarklake, MI

#15 Oct 15, 2008
Put yourself in the driver's seat for a minute. You are on your way down a road with a large truck in front of you. You've taken the day off of work to go to a family event, let's just say a funeral. There is a large vehicle, well, let's just take a stab in the dark and say a truck, in front of you. You are not speeding, you are not touching anything but the steering wheel. Oh, you don't even have a cell phone on you today. At the last second you see the truck swerve and you wonder what is going on as you see a man in orange in front of you. You swerve but unfortunetly he jumps the same way you swerve at the same time you do.

Just suppose the driver doesn't have any prior accidents or tickets.

Now suppose it is your spouse driving. Should the driver pay for what he did...? Maybe a fine...but jail??? How will you live? What about all of your children? Your sons? Your daughters? How many lives should we ruin with an unfortunate accident?

GET the FACTS before you condem someone to stiff fines and jail time. Really...
Turf

United States

#16 Oct 15, 2008
ok guys...I am a road worker......have done flagwork MANY times....2 outa 3 people are on the phone.very scarey! Signs were posted..people were working hoping to go home safe and healthy. It's on my mind EVERY day. If the person was going to a funeral I feel for him and his family. that IS NOT AN EXCUSE for hitting a road worker......a FACT stating going to a funeral was posted .....implying that FACT makes it ok!!!!!!!! I pray for the person hit.....hang in there.
A Wife

Kalamazoo, MI

#18 Oct 15, 2008
Battle Creek Mom wrote:
Put yourself in the driver's seat for a minute. You are on your way down a road with a large truck in front of you. You've taken the day off of work to go to a family event, let's just say a funeral. There is a large vehicle, well, let's just take a stab in the dark and say a truck, in front of you. You are not speeding, you are not touching anything but the steering wheel. Oh, you don't even have a cell phone on you today. At the last second you see the truck swerve and you wonder what is going on as you see a man in orange in front of you. You swerve but unfortunetly he jumps the same way you swerve at the same time you do.
Just suppose the driver doesn't have any prior accidents or tickets.
Now suppose it is your spouse driving. Should the driver pay for what he did...? Maybe a fine...but jail??? How will you live? What about all of your children? Your sons? Your daughters? How many lives should we ruin with an unfortunate accident?
GET the FACTS before you condem someone to stiff fines and jail time. Really...
What if the man that was hit was your Husband??
A Brother

United States

#19 Oct 15, 2008
It should be the same reaction as if either man was your brother. You have to feel bad for both of these men. The one didn't go to work intending to get hit, just like the one driving didn't intend to hit someone. It was an accident.

I pray that both men and families recover from this terrible accident.
DRT2322

Grand Rapids, MI

#20 Oct 15, 2008
Being that signs announce that you're in a construction zone prior to actually entering it, you should be on higher alert. If the truck is so large that you can't notice anything, you are too close to the rear end of the truck.
Battle Creek Mom wrote:
Put yourself in the driver's seat for a minute. You are on your way down a road with a large truck in front of you. You've taken the day off of work to go to a family event, let's just say a funeral. There is a large vehicle, well, let's just take a stab in the dark and say a truck, in front of you. You are not speeding, you are not touching anything but the steering wheel. Oh, you don't even have a cell phone on you today. At the last second you see the truck swerve and you wonder what is going on as you see a man in orange in front of you. You swerve but unfortunetly he jumps the same way you swerve at the same time you do.
Just suppose the driver doesn't have any prior accidents or tickets.
Now suppose it is your spouse driving. Should the driver pay for what he did...? Maybe a fine...but jail??? How will you live? What about all of your children? Your sons? Your daughters? How many lives should we ruin with an unfortunate accident?
GET the FACTS before you condem someone to stiff fines and jail time. Really...
Battle Creek Mom

Clarklake, MI

#21 Oct 15, 2008
A Wife wrote:
<quoted text>
What if the man that was hit was your Husband??
I pray for both...not passing judgment on either. Is it too much to ask for a little compassion on BOTH sides?

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