Even a cautious driver can lose focus on a long stretch of deserted blacktop -- sometimes with deadly results.
That's why we're excited about the $750,000 federal grant for the road safety improvements that was awarded to Franklin County.
It will save lives.
The county's plans call for spending $500,000 on filling ditches, adding guardrails and other improvements that could help prevent run-off-road crashes.
The remaining $250,000 is aimed at improving intersection safety with flashing lights, rumble strips, better warning signs and the like.
We'll never know how many potential accidents will be turned into near misses as a result of these safety improvements.
We're sure, however, that anyone avoiding an accident because of this program will agree the money was well spent.
In the meantime, exercise some extra caution around the workers making these improvements. It would be tragic to injure anyone working to make your life safer.