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Extra traffic enforcement on stretch of Hwy 395 dubbed 'Blood Alley'

June 8, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
U.S. Highway 395 in San Bernardino County between the 15 Freeway and the city of Adelanto has been dubbed "Blood Alley" after car crashes killed five people in the past year.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department officials said the number of roadside memorials is growing at an alarming rate this year, so they're trying to change that trend by posting more officers on the road to catch speeders and write more tickets.

"There have been a lot of studies that prove that fact that when you do traffic enforcement you lower the rate of collisions in that area, which is the reason we're out here on 395 really hitting it hard," said San Bernardino County Sheriff's Deputy James Snow.

Deputy Snow doesn't disagree with the moniker "Blood Alley."

"In my 16 years in law enforcement this is probably the most dangerous stretch of highway I've ever worked," he said.

That's why deputies in the high desert will be focusing on this stretch of road this summer.

"As long as it takes for people to get the message that you need to slow down," he said

Deputies can catch speeders in a number of ways. Not only do they have a handheld laser, but they also have radar on the front and back of their bikes.

One driver said he doesn't mind the extra traffic enforcement on the 395, even though he got a ticket for speeding.

"Unfortunately I was one of them, but it is good, it will definitely help stop people from speeding on this road," said Jonathan Conner.

Maybe by writing more of tickets, drivers will see less of accidents on Highway 395.

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