The Baja California Sur state government has announced a new traffic initiative to post more traffic signs in the tourist corridor of Los Cabos. However, not everyone will be pleased as it will also come with a reduction in speed in parts of the area.
Tourist Road Safety Initiative
In the past few months, there has been a marked increase in accidents in Los Cabos. While not all have been tourist related, a few have, and there has been an impact on the tourist corridor.
In response, the head of the Baja California Sur Secretary of Communications and Transportation, Marco Antonio Gutiérrez de la Rosa, announced that the state will take over the maintenance of several key tourist corridor roads.
The municipal government of Los Cabos will only control the section of road from Sanluqueña to Home Depot.
The change will also come with a new state initiative to increase tourist safety from Kilometer 15 of the four-lane highway to Santa Anita with additional speed limit signage.
However, from Cerro Colorado heading towards San Juan del Cabo and from the El Tezal Zone heading to Cabo San Lucas, the transition to state maintenance will also result in a much lower speed limit for travelers.
Increase in Road Accidents Targeted
Road accidents in Los Cabos have spiked this year due to the increase in tourism traffic.
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According to Cabo San Lucas Fire Department Commander Juan Antonio Carbajal Figueroa, traffic accidents in the Los Cabos area increased by nearly 20 percent just in the first couple of months of this year.
This has stretched the ability of first responders to be able to provide emergency services to the community.
As an example, the fire department in Los Cabos has spent more time and costs responding to traffic accidents in the area this year than any other emergency response, such as firefighting.
The Los Cabos municipal police have stepped up patrols in the tourist area, targeting traffic safety violations. However, the results have been lacking as the number of accidents continues to climb in the beach resort destination.
At one point, even the Mexican National Guard was called in to patrol traffic circles in Los Cabos to ensure tourist safety.
New Signs Coming Soon
The Baja California Sur Department of Communications and Transportation plans to try the new traffic safety strategy during the slower summer season with the posting of the lower speed limit signs in approximately 30 days.
They plan to review the impact of the lower speed limits on the incidence of accidents as well as the overall impact on traffic flow over the next few months.
The head of the department, Marco Antonio Gutiérrez de la Rosa, plans to share the impact of the change with the Los Cabos municipal government by the end of the year and make potential adjustments as needed from the results.
Impact to Travelers
Travelers will definitely enjoy more transparency about the speed limit in the tourist corridor with additional traffic signs. Hopefully, they will be noticed and actually followed by drivers in the area.
However, they will need to plan a small amount of extra time needed to travel through the impacted areas.
The overall impact of the slower speed limit on travel time through the tourist corridor should actually be minimal. The traffic on the road will have a bigger impact.
Tourists that have visited Los Cabos in the past will want to make sure that they pay attention while driving in the tourist zone to the decrease in speed.
Hopefully, the traffic safety enhancements put in place by the municipal and state government will provide more safety for tourists enjoying a relaxing vacation in the Mexican beach resort destination.
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