CAUTION: Families crossing 12-lane freeway
Whenever I take friends to Tijuana (that’s across the border, in Mexico), just a couple of miles north of the border on Interstate 805 I always get exclamations of “What?” in response to this sign:
Yep. People crossing road. But this isn’t just any “road.” This is a
10-lane freeway with a concrete divider in the center. Traffic is doing
65 mph in the slow lane and 85 or 90 mph in the fast lane. That’s the view going south. The view going north is even funnier, albeit sad at the same time. Look at the signs at the left and right of the freeway:
At that spot going north, with freeway splits and on ramps, it’s a 12-lane freeway!
Apparently there are Mexican families who run across freeways to try to circumvent Border Patrol checkpoints or outrun Border Patrol vehicles. I have heard that there are similar signs on freeways in north San Diego County but I’ve never seen one. My research indicates that the north county signs are, or were, frequently stolen — what a strange souvenir! — and apparently have not been replaced. Don’t know whether it’s because of budget cuts or because it’s just not worth providing an ongoing source of strange souvenirs.
Obviously, it would be nice if people coming to the United States would come via the proper channels, but still, be careful if you’re driving the freeways anywhere in San Diego County because a family looking for a better life might be crossing the freeway. And with that, I’ll leave the politics for another time….
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