Accidents are on the rise on Highway 17, the well traveled highway that people in the South Bay take to Santa Cruz.
According to the Mercury news, “A staggering 228 crashes occurred on the highway in January and February, the highest for those two months in more than a decade”. That is more then triple the amount of accidents compared to similar roads in California. Some of the major problems are because of speeding and tailgating.
RJ from Santa Cruz travels to the South Bay for work everyday and has said the traffic is so bad he takes the back roads as much as possible.
The bright-side is that there are changes coming such as a $450 million effort to ban left turns, make 32 roadside changes and build more interchanges.