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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.”



ricketzz: Posted: July 15, 2014 10:32 a.m.

The speed limits in Arizona are high, but they are strictly enforced. Note: in Texas you can get a ticket for cruising in the passing lane. The Murietta Shame proves Texans have bigger hearts. And nicer roadside rests.

projalice11: Posted: July 15, 2014 12:27 p.m.

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

On the freeways the speed limit is 65, and if a motorist abides to this speed limit
cars are passing them up like they are standing still ***

It seems that speed limits are the thing of the past on freeways as well as on the
streets of Santa Clarita***

Mr. Myers sorry for your rest "Rest in Piece" stop encounters **

zra: Posted: July 15, 2014 4:35 p.m.

Drivers going 75 or 80 on the freeway are not as much of a danger as people think. The drivers that don't exercise lane discipline are much more of a safety problem to the traveling public.

watch this video for a great visual explanation.

chefgirl358: Posted: July 15, 2014 5:13 p.m.

Really, he just "learned" all of this? As far as I'm concerned this is just everyday driving behavior on any freeway, anywhere.

He sounds like a relative of Lois.

Lotus8: Posted: July 15, 2014 6:27 p.m.

Come on...Is this guy serious? Is this a gag? Is this your first time driving on the freeway sir?

ZRA - Thank you for pointing out that fact. This guy was probably sitting out in one of the left lanes causing dangerous traffic conditions while marveling at how some folks get their cars up above 70 mph. Imagine that!!!

projalice11: Posted: July 15, 2014 6:54 p.m.

Chefgirl always jabbing++ ZOOM, ZOOM, ZOOM

tpaul: Posted: July 16, 2014 2:07 p.m.

Why would you go to Portland ?

zra: Posted: July 18, 2014 12:39 a.m.


I think this is one of the biggest missteps of traffic law enforcement. In one sense it surprises me that it doesn't get more attention, but in another, it says to me that the legislature and LE don't want to do anything about it because it represents a revenue stream. The money is made from issuing speeding tickets. This is an easy and straight forward way for them to make money. It does little to make the freeways more safe.

Enforcing the "slower traffic stay move right" concept would have a much greater affect on the efficiency of our freeways(and surface roads for that matter). --edited.

tech: Posted: July 18, 2014 4:36 p.m.

Concur, zra.

Your video link should be required CA Driver's License test criteria. Simple criteria, clearly defined.

zra: Posted: July 18, 2014 6:39 p.m.

I agree, Tech.

I think this subject needs to be talked about a lot more. I've called our Assemblymen's office and discussed it with respect to the 14 freeway's "part time" carpool lanes, but I don't think I made much progress.

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