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Posted on April 22 at 3:34 p.m.
"The speed limit likely had nothing to do with it. It was 12:45 AM and the freeway was likely fairly empty at the time so "metropolitan" traffic volume also likely had nothing to do with it."
Of course, at 12.45 am, it's dark outside and visibility is necessarily not as good as during daylight hours.
Even if the DUI driver was impaired, a slower speed limit would have given her more time in which to react to the overturned car in the road, thus giving her a better chance to avoid a collision. Seems like a no-brainer to me.
On Freeway Closed at Castillo Due to Triple-Fatality DUI Crash
Posted on April 22 at 3:23 p.m.
Sorry, DarNel, I drive the speed limit on the 101 because I can't afford the traffic tickets, nor the boost in insurance, nor do I want to put my life in peril nor jeopardise the lives of other people around me.
And, for the record, I lived in Manhattan for 15 years, and I'm experienced at driving on the BQE and the LIE, so I know all about driving in metropolitan areas. Don't dismiss me as a local yokel. I've been here in SB 10 years, and seen more than my fair share of mayhem on the 101. Keep on living the fantasy that you're in a rural Old West, fool.
If you have an actual argument to make, I'll listen to it.
Posted on April 22 at 2:40 p.m.
In point of fact, DarNel, I drive along Cathedral Oaks and Foothill whenever possible to get from one end of town to the other. It is far prettier and sometimes just as quick. But there are occasions when I need to get from point A to point B quickly, and time is of the essence. I shouldn't feel like I'm taking my life into my hands every time I use the 101. And, for the record, I'm not some old codger chugging along the road at 55mph in the fast lane.
Other metropolitan areas slow down the traffic as drivers approach the city centre. In LA, the speed limit drops from 65 to 55. Outside Phoenix, you can go as fast as 75mph, but closer to the centre, the limit drops to 45, with multiple lanes and far better visibility than we have here in Santa Barbara.
At the risk of repeating myself, this is a densely populated urban area, with multiple ramps, some of which (notably Arrellaga) are absurdly short, and many of which serve as both on and off ramps (Mission, notably). The 1/4 mile space between the Patterson ramp and the UCSB/airport exit is the scene of many crazy last-minute lane changes. There are seemingly perpetual lane closures on the 101 due to roadwork and tree prunings.
The 65mph speed limit through Santa Barbara is insane and needs to be reduced to at least 55mph. Other cities slow traffic down through the city centres. Why can't we? It's the prudent, wise thing to do.
I don't think it's overly speculative to say that the high speed limit was, at the very least, a major contributing factor to this latest highway tragedy.
Posted on April 22 at 11:17 a.m.
The all-time low is still shamefully high.
There's no need to be traveling at such high speed through Santa Barbara.
It's asking for trouble.
Posted on April 22 at 11:03 a.m.
Allowing traffic to speed along 101 at 65mph through a densely-populated urban area, with curves, lane endings, and poor visibility in places, is just asking for trouble. Traffic is often backed-up and stopped at Patterson, State, Mission, Carrillo, and then the bottleneck at Montecito. Drivers who are unfamiliar with the area don't have the time to anticipate sudden stops.
Everyone knows that you're unlikely to get pulled over by the cops if you're doing 10mph over the speed limit, so the de facto speed limit through our fair city is an insane 75mph, with arrogant twerps (frequently driving BMWs, I've noticed) going a lot faster.
It's like Death Race 2000 out there. I hate driving on the 101, especially with my 7-year-old daughter in the car.
For crying out loud, REDUCE THE SPEED LIMIT! !!!
Posted on April 22 at 10:40 a.m.
This is a horrible tragedy for everyone involved. My condolences to the families of the victims.
I'm surprised, though, that no one has bothered to raise the issue of the speed limit through Santa Barbara.
In my opinion, the 65-mile-an-hour speed limit is ridiculously fast.
The speed limit should be reduced to 55mph from Fairview through Montecito.
I wonder if this horrible event might have been avoided if traffic was traveling at a more sensible speed.