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I live between Holmen and Onalaska so I frequently travel on Hwy. 53/157, both directions.

On many trips, I am followed while doing 60+ mph by someone who is sometimes only one or two car lengths behind me. I call this section of highway the "Tailgater Turnpike."

A little review: When following another car, allow one car length (10 feet) between you and the car in front of you for every 10 mph you're driving. Going 30 mph? Drive three car lengths behind the car in front of you. If it's 60 mph, allow six car lengths between cars.

Why? Because if you don't and I have to hit the brakes for any reason, you're going to crash into my car quite severely because you didn't allow enough room to react. That will result in at least two cars getting wrecked, passengers possibly being injured or passengers possibly being killed. And almost always, you will be the one held responsible for that accident for failure to have your vehicle under control, and you will own all the repair and medical bills — yours and mine.

If you're late for work and pass me, that's your business. If you pose a threat to me and my passengers by tailgating, that's my business. You'll be much later for work if you have to wait for the police, a wrecker, a fire truck and probably an ambulance. Please back off to avoid the damage, and if you know others who tailgate, please talk to them about it, too.

Terry Schmeckpeper, Onalaska