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Letter: No room for error on San Francisquito

Posted: May 10, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 10, 2012 1:55 a.m.

I have lived on San Francisquito Canyon Road since 1981 and seen way too many accidents, some of them fatal.

This is not a forgiving road, but one that requires good and defensive driving. There are four blind curves on the canyon road in the short distance between Copper Hill Drive and the Angeles National Forest. These curves have little or no shoulder, and no margin for error by drivers going either north or south.

Anyone who crosses over the double yellow lines on these curves is playing Russian roulette with his or her vehicle. Unfortunately, sometimes the loser is the person who is where they should be, which happened to a young girl who lived in the canyon in the mid-1980s. A drunk driver slammed into her head-on and she suffered devastating injuries. This happened on the same curve where Dean Lalley died recently.

Every day, I see vehicles go past my house that are travelling way in excess of the speed limit. People pass over the double yellow lines, and where passing is allowed, sometimes three abreast as they jostle to be first in line.

You can hear the motorcycles winding up long before they come in sight, flying down the road with the rider crouched down behind the handlebars. All of us who live here have had cars almost rear-end us while the drivers flip us off when we try to slow down enough to go into our driveways.

I urge anyone who drives this canyon to please respect the speed limit, not cross the double yellow lines and perhaps take a minute to look at the scenery instead of speeding through the canyon and, perhaps, into the local mortuary.


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