Traffic Control During Accidents

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Would it be too much to ask the local police to help with the traffic jams that occur during major accidents on the 101? It took me 1.5 hours to get from Carrillo to the 154 yesterday. Typically a 10-minute commute at most. I knew there was an accident near El Sueno, so I jumped off the freeway and drove Foothill. Apparently so did everyone else.

Foothill and San Roque could have used traffic control. The people entering from San Roque used up the entire light going BOTH ways, which allowed the Foothill traffic to have ONE car per light.

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sbdude Aug 09, 2018 08:26 AM
Traffic Control During Accidents

During any big traffic jam, Waze sends huge numbers of people through residential areas. Really clogs up everything. The cops can't be everywhere.

Z Aug 09, 2018 08:30 AM
Traffic Control During Accidents

Little the politzei can do. Plan your route so you only have to make right turns. Better yet get off the road: Stop off at a neighborhood pub for an appetizer and a cocktail or two. Do your grocery shopping. Get a haircut, someone else with an appointment won't be able to keep it - traffic troubles.

PitMix Aug 09, 2018 08:35 AM
Traffic Control During Accidents

Totally agree that cops could be more helpful during these traffic crunches. I jumped off at Laguna and eventually got to Mission on side streets, but it was very slow. Be interesting to hear if the City has a plan for severe traffic problems. I still remember the nightmare that happened that one Saturday when the 5 was closed and the 101 was gridlocked in the southbound direction.

SBCruiser Aug 09, 2018 08:55 AM
Traffic Control During Accidents

If it was only one street, maybe the police could provide assistance, but it wasn't just Foothill. I jumped off the 101 at Carrillo and took San Andres with the intention of going on Modoc to get to Los Positas area. San Andres was totally backed up to Carrillo, and then Modoc was completely backed up all the way to Mission, which was backed up all the way to De La Vina. Based on that, decided to take Chapala instead of Modoc, but that was backed up from about Quinto all the way to Alamar, with Alamar also totally backed up. I imagine it was similar everywhere else, given the variety of streets I traveled on. Just too many cars for our 1 lane streets, but luckily only happens very rarely.

pstarSR Aug 09, 2018 09:05 AM
Traffic Control During Accidents

whoa, they are already dealing with the accident! thats not "HELPFUL" enough. what if they just left it there for us to avoid? so they could go give you google map directions to your destination. they are not tour guides they are police officers. funny thing is I was in that traffic on the 101, you know what I did? I merged over, slowly crept by the accident so EVERYONE could look at it. then it was smooth sailing. took me 10 more minutes. when you cut people off, jump the traffic merge, and just think the world revolves around you traffic gets way worse. Its a ripple effect from everyone thinking their time is more important than the car behind them.

twobits Aug 09, 2018 09:46 AM
Traffic Control During Accidents

I agree with the poster. Certainly the police or whoever can determine critical intersections and help with traffic control. Yesterday's nightmare was ridiculous and for only one accident!! Emergency planning folks need to recognize this is a real problem- it's not about complaining, it's about planning ahead.

Red Creek Aug 09, 2018 09:59 AM
Traffic Control During Accidents

I phones have a free map app which is a combined gps and traffic monitor. Simple to use, it gives continuance monitoring of traffic (red lane, yellow lane etc) and accidents. If you change your route, it will show if alternative routes are open.

monkeyboy Aug 09, 2018 10:19 AM
Traffic Control During Accidents

I always check google maps before leaving and know that if the 101 is solid red with traffic, foothill and state will also be a mess. If every smartphone owning person has this information, why can't the SBPD station 4-5 cars at strategic intersections to make the traffic smoother? The won't even roll on breakins in my neighborhood, so what exactly are they doing?

RoadsTech Aug 09, 2018 11:00 AM
Traffic Control During Accidents

4-5 would be almost half of all the on duty cars at the time which would seriously deplete required area coverage and the big bottleneck at Foothill and San Roque is a State Hwy meaning CHP jurisdiction when all of their local units are already tied up with the accident. They are not going to call in extra assistance for a short term incident. They have set extra traffic control in the past when the 5 was closed for an extended period.

420722 Aug 09, 2018 10:52 AM
Traffic Control During Accidents

Many of people don’t seem to understand that there are too many people living in the city for there to be any sort of safe/open escape if it were needed. You seriously want police to save you drive time because of an accident? They are probably laughing at this. I agree with mattyboy who says if you’re in traffic your part of the problem.

a-1533838705 Aug 09, 2018 11:18 AM
Traffic Control During Accidents

Seriously... what can the cops do? Keep people from being selfish dinks when they run red lights just to get stuck in the intersection? The world is full of morons and there aren't enough cops to cover every major intersection. Take 5 deep breaths and let the sociopathic morons be ... you could shoot them, burn them, draw and quarter them in your mind's eye and by the time you're done with your fantasy it's time to move along another car length.

ktnoodle1 Aug 10, 2018 04:58 PM
Traffic Control During Accidents

It is DANGEROUS and against CA law to block an intersection. One of the biggest pet peeves I have is that cops don't ticket the folks who do this almost every day going up and down Carrillo. It's a fine of up to $285. Pay attention next time to all those "Do NOT Block Intersection" signs. Doing so makes traffic worse for everyone.

Source: CA Legislative Information (
Code Text
Vehicle Code - VEH
DIVISION 11. RULES OF THE ROAD [21000 - 23336] ( Division 11 enacted by Stats. 1959, Ch. 3. )

CHAPTER 9. Stopping, Standing, and Parking [22500 - 22526] ( Chapter 9 enacted by Stats. 1959, Ch. 3. )


(a) Notwithstanding any official traffic control signal indication to proceed, a driver of a vehicle shall not enter an intersection or marked crosswalk unless there is sufficient space on the other side of the intersection or marked crosswalk to accommodate the vehicle driven without obstructing the through passage of vehicles from either side.

Flicka Aug 09, 2018 01:16 PM
Traffic Control During Accidents

Hard to believe the cops wouldn't respond to a break in. If so, call the police chief to complain as that is unacceptable. One way to reduce traffic is for everyone who came after 1970 to move away, unless born in Santa Barbara. Less traffic, more housing for all the natives who have to live in Ventura or Lompoc.

monkeyboy Aug 10, 2018 11:15 AM
Traffic Control During Accidents

You call it in and they ask you just to fill out a web report. Happened twice this week in my neighborhood.

ktnoodle1 Aug 10, 2018 04:51 PM
Traffic Control During Accidents

Wow Flicka, that's the most narrow minded comment about the growth of the area I've ever seen you make. So- in your suggested scenario- who is staffing most of the town? And who would be supporting the local economy? Because most of the people living here since then are likely retired- their kids are living off their family's income from all the rental properties they own, which they won't be making when you kick out the "non local renters". I mean- really? Half the people keeping businesses in this town alive through employment and patronage are transplants.

Mas Gaviota Aug 10, 2018 05:13 PM
Traffic Control During Accidents

So Flicka you idea would exclude anyone under the age of 47. Not bad we could save tons of money we now spend on schools. Oh snap in a few decades there would be no one left.

420722 Aug 10, 2018 08:52 PM
Traffic Control During Accidents

We have way to many people and still not enough economy...have you seen downtown? You’re just sad because your not included in her awesome plan.

Roger Aug 09, 2018 03:53 PM
Traffic Control During Accidents

Maybe call in and request help they are pretty busy cannot be everywhere at once, they don't read minds either.

Flicka Aug 10, 2018 07:43 PM
Traffic Control During Accidents

Saying everyone who came after 1970 could leave was meant to be a joke. However, it wouldn't leave only the old. Don't you think kids would have been born, or brought with folks who came before 1970, and they'd have had children, maybe even grandkids by now. Sure SB is crowded, but it's beautiful so naturally people want to move here. It's America, folks can live anywhere they want (if they can afford the prices here).

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