Less traffic on the county’s roads, driver behavior change

Is it me or is there less traffic on the road?

 

I drive highways 1 and 17 often during various times of day and I must say, travel is a breeze compared to what is was a year ago.

 

For example, during 5 p.m. drive time traffic one recent Friday, it took me about 20 minutes to go from Soquel to Watsonville on Highway 1. What? That’s unheard of except for during non-peak traffic on a non-peak travel day. Usually, it takes about an hour to get to South County at that time.

 

I asked officials with the California Highway Patrol and Capitola Police if I was off the map on this. 

 

“Ramona, you are on the mark,” said Captain Todd Mayer, of the Capitola Police Department. “There is less traffic on surface streets and highways.”

 

So, with fewer vehicles on the road, does that mean people are driving faster?

 

“Of course, with lighter traffic there are some drivers who tend to take advantage of that by putting their foot down on the accelerator,” said Officer Hugh Holden, CHP spokesman. “When gas was up near and above the $4 per gallon mark, that's when I saw reduced driving and reduced speeds. It’s an interesting correlation. Seems like the more expensive gas gets, the slower people go.” 

 

What do you think, Street Smarts readers? Are you noticing lighter traffic around town, too? And have you changed your driving habits because of it?

 

By driving habits, I don’t necessarily mean speed. Rather, are you more or less mindful about when you run your errands or do you leave out for work closer to the time you actually have to be there?

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4 Responses to Less traffic on the county’s roads, driver behavior change

  1. Spencer says:

    Traffic is very light right now. I live in Watsonville and commute to Santa Clara four days a week. I used to have to leave before 7am or after 9 to have the commute be less than an hour. Now I can leave at almost any time of day and the commute time is about the same. In addition the fishhook upgrades have certainly helped on the drive home.

  2. Bob Oliver says:

    True that the roads have much much less traffic on them. Also true is the rest of the story:
    Fewer cars are being taken in for oil changes. Those that come in “usually” have very black dirty oil. More cars are blowing up from lack of fiancial ability of the owners to handle normal maintenance needs. Tow truck companies have better than “a bang up buisiness”, while pretty much everything else is suffering.

    SWEET SPOTS Sure police can find people doing stupid things on the road, but all they really need to do is find a place with a 96% non compliance rate and just keep going there to get their QUOTA. Like a SPEED TRAP it is illegal to ticket this kind of a situation, but police officers do it any way in order to maintain a good
    PERFORMANCE REVIEW from their SUPERVISORS who need the extra revenues from the SWEET SPOT TICKETING in order to justify their position and their increased salaries during a time when we as a Nation are quickly becoming a POLICE STATE.
    Bob Oliver boboliver9@gmail.com
    Quantum Leap MON. 8PM, SAT 9PM on
    http://www.krxa540.com

  3. Bob Oliver says:

    True that the roads have much much less traffic on them. Also true is the rest of the story:
    Fewer cars are being taken in for oil changes. Those that come in “usually” have very black dirty oil. More cars are blowing up from lack of fiancial ability of the owners to handle normal maintenance needs. Tow truck companies have better than “a bang up buisiness”, while pretty much everything else is suffering.

    SWEET SPOTS Sure police can find people doing stupid things on the road, but all they really need to do is find a place with a 96% non compliance rate and just keep going there to get their QUOTA. Like a SPEED TRAP it is illegal to ticket this kind of a situation, but police officers do it any way in order to maintain a good
    PERFORMANCE REVIEW from their SUPERVISORS who need the extra revenues from the SWEET SPOT TICKETING in order to justify their position and their increased salaries during a time when we as a Nation are quickly becoming a POLICE STATE.
    Bob Oliver boboliver9@gmail.com
    Quantum Leap MON. 8PM, SAT 9PM on
    http://www.krxa540.com

  4. Bob Oliver says:

    True that the roads have much much less traffic on them. Also true is the rest of the story:
    Fewer cars are being taken in for oil changes. Those that come in “usually” have very black dirty oil. More cars are blowing up from lack of fiancial ability of the owners to handle normal maintenance needs. Tow truck companies have better than “a bang up buisiness”, while pretty much everything else is suffering.

    SWEET SPOTS Sure police can find people doing stupid things on the road, but all they really need to do is find a place with a 96% non compliance rate and just keep going there to get their QUOTA. Like a SPEED TRAP it is illegal to ticket this kind of a situation, but police officers do it any way in order to maintain a good
    PERFORMANCE REVIEW from their SUPERVISORS who need the extra revenues from the SWEET SPOT TICKETING in order to justify their position and their increased salaries during a time when we as a Nation are quickly becoming a POLICE STATE.
    Bob Oliver boboliver9@gmail.com
    Quantum Leap MON. 8PM, SAT 9PM on
    http://www.krxa540.com

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