Speeding to doomsville

I have been living in Monte Nido now for about a year and a half.

During that time there have been three traffic fatalities in Malibu

Canyon that I know of. Does anyone know the actual number of

people who have died on this road? Something tells me the real

number might deter me from ever using the road again.

Since moving into the canyon, I have become a huge fan of the speed

limit. Sometimes I feel like a turtle crawling through the canyon at a

feeble 45-50 mph. I politely use the turnouts to allow people to

resume their average speed of 60-70 mph. I have seen cars coming

at me in the wrong lane around blind turns more times than I can

count on my fingers and my toes. I have seen a woman in a Range

Rover with a child in a car seat cross the double yellow line heading

into the tunnel because she couldn’t tolerate me moving only 50

mph. I’ve seen teens in Mustangs, men in Mercedes on cell phones,

all screaming toward oncoming oblivion, just to shave a minute off

the canyon.

It is not legal to pass between Piuma and PCH on Malibu Canyon. The

heck with legal, it’s not SAFE. In fact, it’s insane.

I recently had a conversation with a CHP officer patrolling the

canyon. He is tired of cleaning fatalities off the road up here. I won’t

repeat the conversation at this time, but know this. . .

Crossing the double yellow line to pass on a curve or bridge with

oncoming traffic in sight will more than likely buy you a Reckless

Driving charge. A Reckless Driving conviction means JAIL time.

Happy motoring.

C. Kaller

P.S. I’m not the lady in the Crown Victoria. I’m the guy in the red


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