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Mind the speed limits and rest in peace

Posted: July 15, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 15, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Since this is the time when a great many Santa Clarita families will be hitting the road on vacation, I thought I should share my recent experience with readers.

Let’s consider it a warning or at least a cautionary message:

We were on our way to Portland, Oregon, and Glacier, Washington, and it was a pretty straight route on Interstate 5.

On that roadway, there are great stretches where the speed limit is 60, great stretches where the limit is 65, and great stretches where you are permitted to drive at 70.

During this trip I learned, and your readers should be aware, that if the speed limit is 60, almost everyone will be driving at 65 or above.

If the limit is 65, most drivers will hit 70 or above, and if the limit is 70 ... zoom!

Now, of course, my experience was on Interstate 5, but I would bet the same would be true on most freeways, so I hope your vacationing readers are ready to be swift.

And for those who will be traveling on Interstate 5, watch out for the rest stops. I know most of our safe Santa Clarita drivers would not go over the posted speed limit, but for those few who find themselves streaking along at 75, be careful when you decide to rest because some rest stops sneak up without warning.

Usually, there are signs that read something like, “Rest Stop, 1/2 mile ahead,” but some, before and after Sacramento, give no warning at all.

Anyone hitting the brakes and trying to screech into those rest stops may be needing a sign that reads, “Rest in Peace.”



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