Highway crash underscores need for median barriers

By Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:

The recent horrific head-on crash on Interstate 5 in northern California involving the FedEx truck and the bus reminds us what can happen when a vehicle crosses the median at highway speeds. That day, 10 poor souls lost their lives because of the crossover head-on collision.

A properly designed median barrier would have prevented the head-on collision. According to the Federal Highway Admin-istration, there were 821 median crossover crashes that resulted in fatalities.

It should be mandatory that all new highway construction in-clude median barriers.

And there should be a plan to install median barriers along existing highways, prioritized by traffic volume, highway speed and median width.

The cost of the median barriers will be the first excuse for not including them in highway designs. But what is the cost of the 10 lives lost in northern California?

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