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The Dangers of SR 124

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BURBANK, Wash. -- SR 124 has been the scene for some of the deadliest accidents in our area. Saturday, five people were killed on the highway while they were on the way to a memorial service. Troopers say they believe the driver fell asleep at the wheel. Trooper David Kaiser says, "Just dozing off for a second can have a tremendous impact on life."

People who live nearby say there is no reason to drive while you are tired. Kathy Sanchez says, "If you're tired there's plenty of places to stop and take a break."

Neighbors of SR 124 also say that cars race along at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour and they say that is just too fast. Frank Rice says, "They really need to slow down the speed limit to save more lives."

People say they often fear for their kid's safety. Sanchez says, "It's not a good area if you have kids, you would need a big fence to keep them from going too close too the road."

Troopers say that even more than the speeds on the driveway, poor driving decisions like drinking while driving or riding without a seatbelt are what cause most of the fatal accidents. Trooper Kaiser says, "A large percentage of what we see is preventable in some way, shape, or form."

Since 2002,12 people have died driving on SR 124, making it one of the most deadly roads in the area. Troopers say that yesterday's accident is a painful reminder just how dangerous driving on SR 124 can be.