Vasco Road Accident Prompts Rational Thought, Double Fine Zone

Vasco Road, Contra Costa County’s favorite bloodbath, is finally becoming a double fine zone. Vasco, which runs from Brentwood to Livermore, has long had a history of treacherous accidents during heavy commute times, but August 14th’s accident really took the cake. During the morning commute, a car crossed into oncoming traffic, causing a head-on collision and four fatalities.

The accident has sparked a fair amount of controversy over here in the east counties. The local media is abuzz with what to do about the Vasco Road problem. Opinions differ, however. Some people believe that Vasco Road will never be safe until it is four lanes wide (right now it is three) and has concrete K rail dividing the road. Others say that instead of the millions and millions of dollars needed to divide and widen the road, it would be a lot cheaper to install heavy surveillance and digital speed limit signs to deter and punish reckless driving.

However, on Monday, a step in the right direction was finally taken. Governor Schwarzenegger signed into a law a bill that will render Vasco a double fine zone. The law goes into effect January 1st, 2007 and will remain for three years.

For more information about the bill, please read this Contra Costa Times article.

3 Comments so far

  1. Mattymatt (unregistered) on August 31st, 2006 @ 10:14 am

    Leland Yee’s been trying to do the same thing on 19th Ave, since there’ve been a lot of accidents on that road. But since it’s part of Route 1, the state needs to sign off on any fine changes. Last year Arnold vetoed a doubling of fines. I wonder how they convinced him to sign off on this particular double-fining?

  2. cd (unregistered) on August 31st, 2006 @ 11:58 am

    They showed him a calendar?

  3. Matt R. (unregistered) on August 31st, 2006 @ 1:36 pm

    Actually, the Governator recently asked for new and improved traffic lights and pedestrian crossings from Park Presidio/Lake to 19th Avenue/Juniperro Serra, before increasing traffic fines. One of the first intersections to get the upgrade is 19th Ave./Lincoln. See the Chronicle article.

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