Update: A motorcycle slams into a cow -- critically injuring the passenger
As suburbs continue to grow into the desert -- open ranges and open roads are a dangerous mix.Photo: Video by kgun9.com
Reporter: Valerie Cavazos
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) -- Cows, open ranges, motorcycles and open roads are a dangerous mix.
In the southwest desert, the terrain is rugged and wildlife can be rather large, which is why open roads and open ranges can be a dangerous mix.
UPS driver Patty Griffith travels these rural roads -- daily -- because of emerging suburban spawl. For drivers, cows can be a constant obstacle. "Many times we'll have to stop and wait for them and you'll honk and they'll come right up to you. They're very friendly," said Griffith. But they could weigh a ton. So driving into one -- especially with a motorcycle -- could cost you in more ways than one.
Locals know that. "They are familiar with the roads. but that's the problem too. Coming around a corner. We've had some close calls that way. The speed is excessive," said Griffith. And rounding a bend can be deadly. Griffith has seen some close calls. "There are some blind corners," she said.
And those blind spots can lead to the loss of a life.
Cavazos asked, "What happens if you hit a cow? Who's liable?" She said, "As far as i understand I'm responsible for that." Responsible for anything that happens on the open roads along an open range.