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CHP: Let’s Talk About U.S. Highway 395

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — The Victorville CHP office shared a message to its Facebook page discussing the dangers of US Highway 395 and simple steps motorists can take to STAY ALIVE. Below is the message in its entirety:

Let’s talk US-395

Anyone recognize this area?

What do you see in this picture?

(Photo Victorville CHP)

What don’t you see?

I’ll tell you what we see…

We see an open, desolate highway. We see hours of a two lane highway with limited to no resources. We see stranded motorists with no food, water, or cellular service. We see thousands of people driving too fast within inches of each other traveling in opposite directions.

We also see overwhelming devastation…

We see mangled, burnt bodies in unrecognizable, mangled vehicles. We see disfigured bodies as they come to rest in the dirt after being ejected from vehicles, Adults, children, infants alike. We see family members grieve to the point they lose consciousness.

Why do we have to see this? It’s very simple.

I’ll tell you why, and give you a solution…

1) People drive WAY too fast. There is a speed limit for a reason. It’s not to limit your free movement across the state, it’s to keep you, your passengers, and other motorists alive. Even though safety features in newer vehicles have improved, your body and internal organs cannot withstand the force of high speed impacts. So slow down, and drive the speed limit.

2) Double Yellow Lines. Those are very strategically placed on the roadway to let you know you CANNOT pass safely. You CANNOT see that vehicle traveling at you beyond the crest ahead of you. You CANNOT see the vehicle traveling at you in that curve. You will not be able to slow before you are involved in a head-on-collision. You CAN and WILL be seriously injured or killed if you pass over double yellow lines. You will have a chance to pass that slower moving vehicle. As a result, you will arrive home to your family. Do not pass over double yellow lines.

3) Seatbelts. You might have had a few bumps and bruises after your vehicle overturned. Instead, you were crushed by your vehicle as it overturned or your body impacted the dirt so hard you didn’t survive the internal bleeding. Seatbelts save lives. That’s not an opinion, it’s a fact. Wear your seatbelt.

Let’s spread the message.

Below are photos of deadly accidents covered by Victor Valley News over the past several years.

(Gabriel D. Espinoza, Victor Valley News)
(Gabriel D. Espinoza, Victor Valley News)
The woman killed in Wednesday afternoons crash was identified by the San Bernardino County Coroner’s office as Marylou Hernandez, 57, of Hesperia.
A man sustained serious head trauma after crashing his Impala into the rear of a tractor trailer. (Gabriel D. Espinoza, Victor Valley News)
A man sustained serious head trauma after crashing his Impala into the rear of a tractor trailer. (Gabriel D. Espinoza, Victor Valley News)
An older model Honda Civic was split in two after colliding with an SUV on Highway 395. (Gabriel D. Espinoza, Victor Valley News)
An older model Honda Civic was split in two after colliding with an SUV on Highway 395. (Gabriel D. Espinoza, Victor Valley News)

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