The Santa Barbara County Association of Goverments will meet to decide if a law should be put in place banning large trucks from traveling on Highway 154. Five months ago, a man from Oxnard crashed into a home due to losing its brakes higher up the hill. “As a Santa Ynez Valley resident, I often drive Highway 154 and have seen for myself the number of large trucks using the highway has increased dramatically over the past few years,” said Doreen Farr, Third District County Supervisor. “These trucks don’t fit on the road and I’ve see too many instances where truck drivers cross the median line of the highway putting motorists at risk.”
Locals use the route to save 15 minutes from Santa Ynez Calley to Santa Barbara, but the road is littered with blind turns and steep drop-offs with 35-miles of mostly one-lane road. Many large trucks drive the road, often racing down its hills at high speeds. According to news reports, SMCAG is also working with Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol to improve road safety, including added patrols to cite speeders. A raised rumble strip was placed in the middle of the road to remind drivers who cross the center divide. As a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, I hope fewer accidents, injuries, and deaths occur due to improved safety enhancements to Highway 154. I look forward to hearing if the SMCAG places a ban on large trucks. If you or a loved one are injured by a reckless driver, a car accident attorney Los Angeles can help assess your case.