Highway 154 Monitored by CHP After Fatal Collision

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California Highway Patrol ticketed speeding drivers on Highway 154 Wednesday following last week's fatal collision, reports KEYT.

A mother and her two children were killed during a head-on collision near Cold Spring Bridge on Friday prompting residents to demand action from law enforcement and local officials.

The speed enforcement was conducted near Armour Ranch Road from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.

According to KEYT, CHP officers conducted 25 enforcement stops and issued 18 citations for speeding.

The speed limit on the majority of the roadway is 55 mph.

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Emmenanthe Oct 31, 2019 05:40 PM
Highway 154 Monitored by CHP After Fatal Collision

It is crazy that this road is not regularly monitored by the CHP. They should be around enough to see and ticket the crazy drivers and speeders I encounter nearly every time I drive that road. The monitoring needs to occur on the PASS where the danger lies - not in the Santa Ynez Valley. Armour Ranch Road is not the Pass!! Yes, the CHP may need to tail an offender for a couple of miles until it is safe to pull over. So what? Just do it!

Bodyboarder73 Oct 31, 2019 05:28 PM
Highway 154 Monitored by CHP After Fatal Collision

We've all see everyday how entitled and ignorant speeders are. It's not just on the 154 either. It's on the city streets and the 101 all over town. Most people obey the laws and speed limits, the CHP will generally give a 5 mph max over the speed limit, but you should slow down in their presense. It drives us all nuts to watch the selfish, entitled unsafe drivers just flaunt their arrogance barreling through traffic at twice the speed limit. All it takes is for one error by them or someone else to cause a horrific accident. But you can't fix stupid, so we must all suffer for the bad behavior of a few rotten apples.

Chip of SB Oct 31, 2019 11:29 AM
Highway 154 Monitored by CHP After Fatal Collision

I think a sufficiently low speed limit and perfect driving would be 100% effective in preventing accidents in the same way abstinence would be 100% effective in preventing unwanted pregnancy and STDs. It's great in theory, but in the real world people move fast and make mistakes. I would suggest acknowledging this aspect of human nature and using protection, in this case a barrier to prevent any contact between passing vehicles.

bad427 Oct 31, 2019 11:04 AM
Highway 154 Monitored by CHP After Fatal Collision

i've been driving the pass for 56 years. even before the bridge. i always count 6 seconds to the next car. as a professional driver, i've seen it all. speed isn't necessarily the issue. we normally have one guy in his geo going about 30 most of the way and most people going about 65 most of the time. if you use the 6 second rule, you should be safe. inattentive drivers are the danger. texting and talking on the phone creat unsafe conditions. remember 6 seconds.

Sal15puedes Oct 31, 2019 11:36 AM
Highway 154 Monitored by CHP After Fatal Collision

underconfident drivers, overconfident drivers - if only there were just regularly confident drivers. Maybe in a real autotopia it would be harder to get a drivers licence. I'm still using common sense skills I learned in Drivers Ed 50 years ago.

Sal15puedes Oct 31, 2019 10:39 AM
Highway 154 Monitored by CHP After Fatal Collision

I don't drive on 154, it was my commute briefly - people don't get that 154 is the route number, not the speed limit. Weird how Santa Barbarans don't understand the concept of making the light down on the flats and you all drive like speed crazed maniacs on 154. Passing on blind corners and hills in dense fog, aggressively dive bombing people driving the actual speed limit, it's a local syndrome. If you want to hit loose gravel and fly off a cliff, do it alone and don't involve sane drivers, speeders are the worst - deadly rudeness. It's not cool to speed no matter what movies you've seen or think you're in while driving.

TheKid5 Oct 31, 2019 09:45 AM
Highway 154 Monitored by CHP After Fatal Collision

154 should become a Special Enforcement Zone. It has been a slaughterhouse for far too long! Fines should be doubled and the speed limit should be reduced to 45 mph! The Sheriff's Department should also put some deputies on 154 to help CHP! This insane killing must stop!

Shasta Guy Oct 31, 2019 07:14 AM
Highway 154 Monitored by CHP After Fatal Collision

With the increase in population, perhaps it should be widened to three lanes for the whole stretch. A lot of highways in CA have been improved to handle more capacity. It’s not 1950 anymore.

PitMix Oct 31, 2019 08:54 AM
Highway 154 Monitored by CHP After Fatal Collision

Yes, build more lanes so we can kill more animals than we do now. Although maybe there aren't very many left alive at this point. Remember a few years ago when 2 bears where hit and killed in a short time, one by some Casino patrons? Don't hear about bears anymore in that area. I doubt that any plans for widening that road include any expensive wildlife crossings.

goodlandadvocate Oct 31, 2019 07:07 AM
Highway 154 Monitored by CHP After Fatal Collision

Maybe a traffic drone (or a few of them) is needed in the 154 to monitor and serve CHP and drivers as an early warning alert system when there are crazy drivers putting innocent people in harm's way

4358ed Oct 30, 2019 10:32 PM
Highway 154 Monitored by CHP After Fatal Collision

If we paid to put a fence across the bridge then we sure as heck should pay to put a barrier down the middle of the road. How many more head-ons does it take before this inevitable solution is realized?

gordon4u Oct 30, 2019 09:38 PM
Highway 154 Monitored by CHP After Fatal Collision

it's not the speeding that's the problem folks...it's lack of attention to driving. put your coffee down, cell phone, mascara or whatever you are doing and just DRIVE. The last accident was no accident, it was intentional act of a psychopath.

Thomas John Oct 31, 2019 06:27 AM
Highway 154 Monitored by CHP After Fatal Collision

Adding speed to all those other problems affecting attention just magnifies the risk. If the head on's where 45mph vs. 45mph instead of 65 vs. 65 the kinetic energy of the impact would be 50% less.

a-1582982793 Oct 31, 2019 04:51 AM
Highway 154 Monitored by CHP After Fatal Collision

Tonight's local news made this point! It's the drivers, not the road. ================================================================= YES, I agree that drivers are so bad that we must alter the roads to protect the non-dangerous drivers/us!

gordon4u Oct 30, 2019 10:04 PM
Highway 154 Monitored by CHP After Fatal Collision

he either did it intentionally (murder) or wasn't paying attention to his driving and killed 3 innocent people (homicide)..either way, he shouldn't have been out in public and should have been locked up.

Red Creek Oct 30, 2019 09:26 PM
Highway 154 Monitored by CHP After Fatal Collision

On a very dangerous highway in Utah (80 mph speed limit), the UHP has several lighted digital signs giving the latest death count -- no kidding. Don't know if it helps, but it does make one think about speed, especially when passed by a 3 trailer semi going 90mph. The UHP does give out tickets, but mostly to tourists with out of state licenses.

FondofSB Oct 30, 2019 08:02 PM
Highway 154 Monitored by CHP After Fatal Collision

Speedsters are not the ONLY problem on this road. Among others : Just about everyone follow each other way TOO close and CHP NEVER enforces the 3 second rule. Slow drivers SPEED UP as soon as that get to the passing lane sections and prevent frustrated drivers behind them to pass and they do not have the DECENCY or CIVILITY to let all those drivers they've held up to pass them.

a-1582982793 Oct 30, 2019 07:55 PM
Highway 154 Monitored by CHP After Fatal Collision

And after the gravel truck launched onto the small house at the bottom of the Pass killing three, CHP conducted rigorous brake inspections on trucks traveling the 154... for a couple of weeks.

a-1582982793 Oct 30, 2019 07:31 PM
Highway 154 Monitored by CHP After Fatal Collision

Too little too late. CHP should be held accountable for these deaths for not enforcing the law on such a dangerous stretch of road. If they say it’s too dangerous to enforce it or patrol it, then shut it down,

Flicka Oct 30, 2019 06:07 PM
Highway 154 Monitored by CHP After Fatal Collision

This road is such a killer there needs to be a CHP presence at all times, and radar checked. Only when word gets around it's not worth a ticket for speeding will drivers change their habits. The tickets are bad on your insurance rates too.

a-1582982793 Oct 30, 2019 05:08 PM
Highway 154 Monitored by CHP After Fatal Collision

By my literal count on my 154 commute there are 600 people on the pass in an hour and they pulled over 25? I didn't see a single CHP yesterday or today on the road.

a-1582982793 Oct 30, 2019 04:38 PM
Highway 154 Monitored by CHP After Fatal Collision

Yes people speed and it should be addressed. Small doses of enforcement will not be enough. But more so, there must be more done that simply addressing those who speed. Tail gating, not yielding right-of-way, distracted driving, inebriated driving... There are multiple other offenses of poor driving habits/skills that should/could be addressed.

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