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My name is Steve Young and I am a retired California Highway Patrol Officer. I will also be your instructor in one of the online traffic courses with B Line Traffic Schools. No matter what course you sign up for, my goals are the same: Present you with the information that you need in a way that will not put you to sleep and then get you back to your life.  Throughout some of the courses I have included interesting situations, people and other random things I have come across in my 25+ years with the CHP to break things up a bit. Ok ok, enough about me. Close this window and start your course with B Line Traffic Schools today.

Keeping California’s Roads in Shape

03 May Blog | Comments

When a person pays taxes to their county or the state they really don’t know where that money is going. All they really know is that they are paying to keep their state/county “pretty”. Many times people don’t really think about what that means until they encounter something that is not being kept up properly.

For example, roads and highways are how we get around. They are a means to an end and are pretty much taken for granted until one day a person drives into a pothole that swallows up their car and does some damage. Then all of a sudden that person is outraged that their tax dollars are not being used properly.

California is a highly populated state and the number of people living in California only continues to grow. That means that the number of people out on the roads will only continue to increase as well. There is data out there that shows that 35% of California’s “major” roads are in what most people would call “poor condition”, meaning they need major repairs. There are plenty of others that could use a “facelift”.

Roads are much like a person. They need proper maintenance or they will begin to have major problems. If a person, eats junk food, doesn’t exercise, smokes or drinks too much, eventually their body will begin to fail. Their body will stop working properly and they will need to go get “fixed”. A person may not want to eat healthy, or exercise, but if they want to run with their kids, or go traveling they have to maintain their body, or pay a lot of doctor bills to keep it working properly.

It is no different with a road. It needs proper maintenance to keep it healthy. By doing that you also keep it from needing major repairs later on, saving the state of California money in the long run. Resurfacing a road is always going to be much cheaper than having to completely reconstruct one.

Roads are not glamorous like building a new stadium, however very necessary. If you want people to come to California and be able to visit the new stadium or go to a museum they need to be able to get around.

The biggest issue is that when you attend a budgeting meeting everyone wants money for their program. Let’s be realistic, giving money to an educational program or a state park sounds much more appealing than giving money to pay for potholes. People just don’t realize that to get the buses to school, or to get the tourist to your state park they have to drive on a road. If those roads are falling apart, have huge potholes and become unsafe, then they can’t get there, and California will lose out on that revenue.

Roads will never be glamorous, but they are very important to any state’s ability to get people where they need to go. Funding a highway/road program that can keep up with the growing issue of California’s deteriorating roads and highways is the best solution to the problem. We want to drive on smooth roads, and we take it for granted when we are, but when we run into the pothole we want it fixed now, and that requires funding.

 

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