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Friday, September 9, 2016

I-15 Corridor Between Las Vegas and Los Angeles

Aloha Everyone,

There is inherent and increased danger when driving on I-15. This is one of the major interstate highways in the western United States. The route begins near the Mexico-USA border in San Diego county and stretches all the way north to Alberta, Canada. 

J.J. and I have taken this route so many times with Honu due to its convenience. Unfortunately, we have observed an increase in catastrophic accidents.

As we passed the scene of a charred long-haul truck, the two of us wondered what was the cause. We believe the reasons could be:

1). This section of I-15 is over crowded. In 1957 when the California section of I-15 was constructed, there were fewer vehicles. Since then California, Nevada, and Utah have consistently ranked among the fastest-growing states. 

2). It is a known fact that some visitors to Las Vegas do not stay in a hotel. They go dining, watch shows and are up all night drinking and gambling. Too much adrenaline rush and lack of sleep can affect one's judgement.

3). Rest stops closures, whether for repairs or administrative decisions is a bad idea.

4). Posted speed limit is 70mph for passenger vehicles and 55 mph for long-haul trucks and all vehicles that are towing. Only but a handful including JJ strictly adhere to the speed limit.

After 5 1/2 hours of tense driving, the two of us are very happy to be back in La Jolla with our son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter 

Aloha -- Cathi