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Old 12-17-2011, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Take half the tractor trailers off the road and you'd see a huge drop in traffic. We're very reliant on them for transportation.

 
Old 12-17-2011, 11:24 AM
 
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What if more people were allowed to telecommute (when reasonable)? I think that would take a large burden off the roads without costing anything to the state.
 
Old 12-17-2011, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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What if more people were allowed to telecommute (when reasonable)? I think that would take a large burden off the roads without costing anything to the state.
I agree. Unfortunately most companies and managers have serious trust issues when dealing with telecommuting. IE: if I can't see you, are you really working? Not that people work every hour of the day they're at an office anyway.

Plus, people love meetings. I hate them. Waste of time 9 times out of 10. Plus, solutions by committee are almost always worse than solutions by 1 or 2 people with a vision.

I could totally telecommute 3 or 4 days a week and still maintain the same level of productivity and quality. I worked from home for many years when I owned a business, and I'd consider myself even more disciplined now to do that. If it was an option, I would do it - but it's not. I'm only permitted to work from home when I have to (someone's working on the house, too sick to come in, bad snow, etc).

I have also talked to a lot of people that admit they don't have the discipline to do it.

I think it's just not as culturally accepted as it could/should be. Maybe the state should offer incentives to employers for allowing telecommuting. Seems like a win/win.
 
Old 12-17-2011, 11:46 AM
 
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I agree. Unfortunately most companies and managers have serious trust issues when dealing with telecommuting. IE: if I can't see you, are you really working? Not that people work every hour of the day they're at an office anyway.

Plus, people love meetings. I hate them. Waste of time 9 times out of 10. Plus, solutions by committee are almost always worse than solutions by 1 or 2 people with a vision.

I could totally telecommute 3 or 4 days a week and still maintain the same level of productivity and quality. I worked from home for many years when I owned a business, and I'd consider myself even more disciplined now to do that. If it was an option, I would do it - but it's not. I'm only permitted to work from home when I have to (someone's working on the house, too sick to come in, bad snow, etc).

I have also talked to a lot of people that admit they don't have the discipline to do it.

I think it's just not as culturally accepted as it could/should be. Maybe the state should offer incentives to employers for allowing telecommuting. Seems like a win/win.
I agree that it's not always culturally accepted. My company has gotten much better about it. I work from home 100% because I told them I quit after I had a baby, and they were willing to work with me to keep me on. I actually think I am more productive at home because a) I don't want anyone to think I'm slacking, b) I can't hang out at the water cooler or visit friends, and c) I can work instead of commuting.
 
Old 12-17-2011, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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I'm also more productive at home. Less nagging/distractions. And reclaiming that hour of commuting and a bit more sleep.
 
Old 12-17-2011, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Have you guys ever seen traffic go the same direction in both the south and north bound lanes of the Merrit?

I have video from a helicopter via News12 on the crash that killed the teen the other day. Due to graphics of the car I prefer not to post here. If you want the birds eye view just let me know.

 
Old 12-19-2011, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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They ran a story in the paper in NH where the kid is from. Apparently he was a Marine heading home to see his family for the holidays. Witnesses to the accident said he wasn't even driving recklessly - he just failed to negotiate a curve and lost control of the car. Very sad.

There were 2 fatals on Route 8 this weekend in Shelton.
 
Old 12-19-2011, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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That area of Route 8 (Shelton to Seymour) must have a really unusual fatality rate.
 
Old 12-19-2011, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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That area of Route 8 (Shelton to Seymour) must have a really unusual fatality rate.
It sure seems it. People drive VERY fast on it and unfortunately lots of people who live in the Valley go out on the weekends to Milford and towns south, so Route 8 also sees a lot of drunk drivers. I'm not saying that's what happened in this case, but I wouldn't rule out the possibility given the hours they occurred.
 
Old 12-19-2011, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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It sure seems it. People drive VERY fast on it and unfortunately lots of people who live in the Valley go out on the weekends to Milford and towns south, so Route 8 also sees a lot of drunk drivers. I'm not saying that's what happened in this case, but I wouldn't rule out the possibility given the hours they occurred.
Oh definitely. And Americans by default have no idea how to handle corners. It gets real bad on that road when it starts to ice up.
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