After two close calls this week, I thought it might be good to remind everyone out there to be careful when driving local roads at night. Take it slow, pay attention.
Tuesday evening, my husband was driving Rt 9 between Belchertown and Ware; a car was following him at a nice distance and there was another car approaching. As he came within about 20 feet of the oncoming car, a 6-point buck dashed in front of them and crossed the road.
Saturday night, as we were coming home from an evening in Northampton, driving down Bay Road, a car at the end of a line of oncoming traffic flashed its lights at us -- and we're thankful it did -- just over the rise, there was a large dog (possibly an American mastiff) hanging out in the middle of the road, oblivious to anything but what he was sniffing on the asphalt.
We also had another deer-crossing-in-front-of-car a few weeks ago.
So please, for your safety and the safety of those around you and with you, be alert and aware when driving these night roads. And don't worry about going just a little bit slow.