I listened to the sirens racing past my house and then the eerie silence that follows when the road is closed due to an accident with fatalities. This was the second such accident in one week.
The easing of the curves on San Vicente Road will help reduce the threat of accidents, but the real culprit is speed. County road standards preclude the reduction of the posted speed limit, which is currently 50 mph. If we all left just five minutes earlier, and drove more slowly, we could effectively reduce the occurrence of all accidents, some of which are fatal.
That being said, 45 mph is more in keeping with the “country road” that San Vicente is supposed to be. If the speed limit can’t be lowered legally, perhaps we as residents can opt to slow down voluntarily.
Reducing speed would reduce the number of families having to mourn the loss of a loved one. How many deaths will it take before either the speed limit is lowered or we simply slow down?