Monday 21 June 2021

The “Mad Dashers”

The mad dash cost a man his life this morning on the autopista General Cañas. Photo Pablo Montiel La Nacion
The mad dash cost a man his life this morning on the autopista General Cañas. Photo Pablo Montiel La Nacion

 TICO BULL – Still amazes me to see the “mad dash” across the busy highways like the General Cañas and the Ruta 27 (San José – Caldera), two roads that for some are raceways to nowhere.

On the Ruta 27, in front of the CIMA hospital for instance, there is an overpass. Yet, every time I go by – especially in the morning and afternoons – many will still make the mad dash rather than walk the few extra steps, to safe cross to the other side.

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It doesn’t matter that there is a concrete divider. I see them hop over, raising my fear that someday someone is going to trip and splat.

A few hundred metres west is the Guachipelin bridge. Every day there are mad dashers. Why not walk down to the underside of the bridge to the get to the other side, to get home safely?

On the General Cañas, the worst is in front of the Lizano factory (just northwest of EPA). Here, Alajueala bound traffic is at full throttle across three lanes and blinded by the curve; San José bound traffic is just coming off a downhill.

Again, at this point the mad dash is daily and at all hours.

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Sad that one mad dashe didn’t make it this morning.

It was 5:00 am, the Policia de Tránsito report when a man was struck by a vehicle in the Alajuela bound lanes. Authorities didn’t release the identity of the man, only to say the autopista was completely closed off at the Cariari plaza. The autopista has since been re-opened.  See report La Nacion: Hombre fallece atropellado al intentar cruzar la autopista General Cañas

A shame that this has to happen. As a driver, a defensive driver that is a rarity on this country’s roads, I am always on the lookout for the mad dashers. They can happen at any time, at any place. But most often near the pedestrian overpasses.

Article by TICO BULL, reposted with permission

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