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Santa Cruz, CA October 18, 1989: Highway 17 over the Santa Cruz Mountains summit will be closed for weeks or months, and as the rains came there was danger of further landslides. (Judy Griesedieck/San Jose Mercury News)(Digital First Media Group/Mercury News via Getty Images)

Accidents Are On The Rise On Highway 17

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.

https://twitter.com/mercnews/status/1107632781574713344

Richie

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