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Is Country Club Drive Too Dangerous?

Last week, a 27 year old Tustin woman died after a head-on collision car accident after crossing a divider into an opposite lane. The accident occurred at 9:40 pm when the woman was heading east on Country Club Drive in Bermuda Dunes. An unidentified 8 year old boy was in the car with her and was taken to the hospital with complaints of pain. The driver and passenger in the other car suffered minor and no injuries, respectively.

The sobering accident brought out many residents' fears of Country Club Drive in Bermuda Dunes. The curvy road with dips is no stranger to accidents. Residents have voiced concerns about how dark it is there at night. They are also concerned about the tamarisk trees that block signs. As is the case whenever there is a car accident in Riverside County, the County Department of Transportation is investigating road conditions on Country Club.

The investigation may provide some future relief for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, but there is a long list of recent incidents on that road. In February, a bicyclist was seriously injured when he was hit by an SUV just east of Adams Street. In July, a pedestrian walking east on the north side of the road was hit by a westbound driver and seriously injured. In November, a Honda and another car had a head-on collision which killed the Honda's driver.

Each of those incidents, according to the Desert Sun, involved a vehicle going off the road or into opposite lanes. A CHP representative said many things could account for that, including the curves, distractions, intoxications and more. This most recent accident is thought to be the result of alcohol or drugs.

For the time being, before either more stop signs or more street lights enter the equation, the only thing to do is be careful when driving in that area, or avoid it altogether.

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