Every year, in a blink of an eye and without a chance to say goodbye, people lose their lives on roadways across the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
 
Speed, inattention and circumstances often out of their control leave them contributing to a rising death toll.
 
According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, about 37,000 people die on American roadways annually; that’s about 101 people each day.
 
And more of those crashes are fatal during this time of year compared to any other.
 
Memorial Day marks the beginning of what’s been dubbed the “100 Deadliest Days” on Idaho and Washington’s roadways.
 
We’re knee deep, with fatal collisions dominating many of the weekend’s headlines.
 
A Friday head-on collision on southern Idaho’s Highway 33 killed an adult and a juvenile.
 
Another fatality occurred in a three-vehicle collision involving two motorcycles on State Route 167 in Kent, Wash., on the same day.
 
The people killed, while nameless in this editorial, are more than a number — they are family and friends.
 
While the collisions begin to add up and speckle the map, it’s only an amount of time until the next deadly accident happens on the Palouse — the state highways and county roads in Latah and Whitman counties are no stranger to fatal traffic collisions.
 
The tragic accidents happen every year, sometimes more than once.
 
Some of those who have died in those accidents may come to mind while reading this.
 
We all know someone who died behind the wheel.
 
This summer, when you jump in the driver’s seat, keep them on your mind, and don’t forget how dangerous our roadways are.
 
That could make us all a little safer.

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