Oklahoma Pot Holes Slow Responses

BOKOSHE, Okla. --


Some drivers in Bokoshe said their roads are in such bad shape that it's affecting emergency response times.

On Tuesday, firefighters had to travel a pot hole filled road to battle a chicken house fire.

The fire chief said in emergency situations rough roads slow them down when second count the most.

"You just have to dodge every inch in this road," said Wendy Restine. "I've had to buy two new (tire) rims. It's just trying to dodge one (pot hole) and you hit another."

Restine lives not to far from the chicken house that caught fire. She travels Twilight Road often, which is the same road firefighters used Tuesday. She's worried about police and fire trucks that have to slow down to navigate torn up roads.

"You really have to slow down more often than what you should have," said Bokoshe Fire Chief Jerry Braiser.

He worked the chicken house fire and said Twilight Road presents challenges.

"You have to really be careful because it can make your water slosh to one side or the other, back and forth, and it can cause you to have an accident," he said.

Braiser said some roads are even worse than Twilight Rd and he's talked with county commissioners in the past about fixes.

Restine wants to see more action from commissioners now.

"I'm sure if this was their home road it would be probably much nicer," she said. "You don't want to live in this area if you can't drive with being safe."

County commissioners did not return calls from 40/29 News to comment for this story.


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