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Dangerous Freeways Create Tension in Calif.

By Tuesday, 28 June 2016 10:24 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Some homeowners complain about airport noise. San Jose resident Ray Minter envies them. His problem is airborne cars.

A reporter for the Bay Area News Group informs us that Minter’s home, sweet home is located at the end of the Interstate 680 off–ramp, a “long, straight stretch of roadway aimed almost directly at his house.”

Monday Minter and his house experienced another crash landing. “I was in the back of the house and it started shaking,” explained Minter. His first thought was, Oh man, is it an earthquake? Then it sounded like an accident — which it was.

A drunken, impromptu pilot launched his brand–new truck into the air. During his short, but eventful flight, the driver “took out two metal posts on the perimeter of Minter's front yard before hitting Minter's 2002 Honda Civic.”

The force of the impact was so great it caused Minter’s own car to smash into the front of his house, destroying much of the exterior. Making it the third time a family car has been destroyed by an unwanted visitor.

To say this isn’t the first time is an understatement. Just ask Minter’s insurance agent, who should be on speed dial. He’s has lived in the house for 56 years. During that time “nearly two-dozen cars, trucks and SUVs have landed on his property, with four of them smashing into the single-story house.”

Minter says the highway off ramp design means he’s essentially living at the end of a launching ramp. The runway–like road “offers no incentive for people to slow down” and drunks and incompetent drivers keep landing in his front yard, driveway and backyard.

Minter hasn’t been taking this assault lying down. He’s fortified his home by adding “barriers around the perimeter of his front yard, including several heavy metal posts and a double-brick wall reinforced with cement, rebar and a ‘curved railroad track’ inside.” But it obviously isn’t enough.

Still, he has no plans to move.

“You look at it, one neighborhood isn't any better than the other. There's no real crime around where we live. You may have another problem in another neighborhood.
"Here we have cars."

I admire his courage, but question Minter’s judgment. Any real estate agent will tell you the three most important words for homeowners are “location, location, location.” But for home–owning Minter, three better words are “evacuate, evacuate, evacuate.”

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.


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