Deadly Roads Linked to Moreno Valley Car Accidents
According to local Moreno Valley car accident lawyers, the relatively young city’s rapid growth in the 1980s and the 2000s made it the second-largest city in Riverside County. Regrettably, its coming of age was accompanied by a rise in car accident tragedies. Many blame these accidents on Moreno Valley’s dangerous roads, such as the intersection of Redlands Boulevard and Locust Avenue. Three people have died in this area in one 13-month period. On resident calls it a death trap waiting to happen.
The Redlands Boulevard stretch, which handled about 15,000 cars a day in 2006, has seen six car collisions in the past three years. In 2008, two men were killed in a car accident at the Redlands-Locust intersection. Residents say motorists who approach the intersection tend to accelerate to compensate for the lost time navigating through San Timoteo Canyon–there’s only one southbound lane coming out of the canyon.
Improvements to the road are slow in coming.
Moreno Valley officials decided that the stretch “did not meet the criteria” for a traffic signal. Residents say the city should install signs prohibiting passing. The city should also re-stripe Redlands Boulevard south of Locust Avenue with double yellow lines because the dotted lines currently there lead motorists to believe it’s a passing lane.
Dangerous roads that encourage speeding and allow unsafe passing must be seriously and promptly addressed. The criteria for evaluating a road or intersection’s potential danger should be constantly reviewed in the interests of public safety.
Other trouble spots include Moreno Beach Drive between the Auto Mall and Alessandro Boulevard, and Nason Street at Highway 60. The road narrows from six lanes near Highway 60 to two lanes as it goes over a hill to Cottonwood Avenue, making it a dangerous, accident-prone transition. Moreno Beach Drive, between Highway 60 and Alessandro Boulevard, is another deadly road, which has seen 27 car accidents in the past three years.
According to data from the California Highway Patrol Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), in 2006, there were 12 car accident deaths in Moreno Valley and 697 traffic accident-related injuries. Motorcycle accidents injured 10. Car accidents were down in 2007 with eight fatalities. But, as in most cities, DUI collisions took their toll, accounting for four fatalities and 76 injuries.
In response to car collisions involving DUIs, unlicensed and suspended-licensed drivers, the Moreno Valley Police Department recently completed another DUI/CDL Safety Checkpoint. Located at the Eucalyptus-Edgemont intersection, the checkpoint screened 2,709 cars for DUI drivers as well as those driving with suspended or revoked licenses. As many as 85 drivers were issued citations and 69 cars were impounded. A total of nine field sobriety tests were conducted, and six drivers were arrested for DUI.
Drunk driving is a major cause of fatal and injury collisions each year. Efforts to remove these dangerous drivers from the road should be applauded.
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