Many people travel to see loved ones during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. During last week’s rainstorm, three separate bus accidents in the Inland Empire occurred on wet highways, one involving Riverside Transit Agency Line 27 on Route 74 between Hemet and Perris, two involving casino buses along the 15 Freeway in Corona just south of the 91 Freeway and Pala Mesa in San Diego County. More recently, a separate wreck occurred on the I-10 in Baldwin Park which involved a casino bus.
All of the collisions are under investigation and should serve as lessons for all of us planning to travel during the holidays. Drivers should be extra careful on the roads and allow plenty of extra time. Also, if you are drinking, do not under any circumstances drive.
As an aside, for folks who happen to be in the Redlands area during the holidays, several local small businesses have pooled resources together to fund a program where people who may have had too much to drink can get a ride home for free or reduced cost in lieu of taxi travel. The Responsible Redlands Safe Rides Home Program will be available now through New Year’s Day. According to local reports, San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos praised the program.