Los Olivos rally aims to raise awareness about Hwy. 154 traffic safety

Los Olivos rally aims to raise awareness about Hwy. 154 traffic safety

HWY 154 Rally

Joan Hartmann, who is running for 3rd District supervisor in Santa Barbara County, was at Wednesday’s rally out of concern for the safety of the roads in the area.

“We shouldn’t have anybody dying, but particularly young people,” Hartmann said. “I lived for years in the greater L.A. area, and I didn’t know anybody who lost children to deaths by cars. Here, I know five or six people.”

She added, “I think these rallies are important because, as Gloria Steinem once said, ‘It gets your blood going’ for those who are participating. We learn from each other, and it’s a reminder to others.”

For now, all the group can do is rally to continue drawing attention to the safety concerns.

I hope “they drive more mindfully,” Kerr said of drivers who passed the rally.

She concluded, “If it reaches one person, or a couple people, and they say, ‘Wow, this is dangerous,’ or ‘I’m contributing,’ things may change.”

By: Krista Chandler

Published June 20th, 2016