Thank you for everyone's input. It's nice to know I'm not the only one fed up with the dangerous driving on 447!
I believe the solution is either temporarily decreasing the speed limit to 55 mph and/or banning passing between Wadsworth and Empire for the duration of the event. Increasing the LEO presence along the the highway would also be important as well as a lot more signage. Sure I would love to get to the event sooner and pass the RVs going an unsteady 50-55 mph. However, I soon as one person passes nearly EVERYONE wants to pass that person.
Psychologically, I believe certain people are used to a certain level of anxiety or adrenaline when they drive or carry out their day (i.e. people who are always late). Some people also have a strong desire to be in front of the pack. It's easier to see what's coming, feels safer, and there's a better view. When these people hit the open two-lane road with 85 miles of overloaded RVs and trailers in front of them blocking the view they want to pass. Maybe I'm wrong. However, personally I feel the desire to pass, drive faster, or get there sooner yet realize the absolute futility and danger of it and consciously make the rational decision to just go with the flow. I am the last person who would want to make a rule. However when people who don't think this way continue to endanger me, my fellow burners, and the locals who put up with our event, something seriously needs to change. EVERYONE cannot safely pass and travel 70 mpg on 447 just because the current speed limits and passing lanes say they can. Either something changes now BEFORE someone dies. Or something changes after. The question is when? And what should be done? (Hello BMorg, anyone listening?)
The bottomline is, if nothing is done to effectively have most drivers travel the same speed and without the need to pass, people will continue to be seriously injured and killed on 447 AND the event as we know it will be jeoparized. If we wait for a local to die or for several burners, I wonder how long the BLM will continue to permit the event. Sure the event would probably move to a new location. However, I have faith that we as burners can take steps to help prevent this from happening BEFORE another person dies on 447.
I would sure love to wait for the BMorg to jump in and handle this cuz I have other things to do than write about this on ePlaya (no offense) and be told this is BS (from feedback page). This was my 12th burn, I know what I saw and see where it's going. I may be wrong, but I doubt most of the BMorg decision makers do not commute to/from the event during the crazy days and are not witnessing the dangerous drivers OR are not listening. Nevertheless, I would like hear from them that they are aware of the situation and some options are being consider w/ local authorities.
Does anyone know of a more direct contact to the BMorg that might deal with this other than the overwhelmed feedback email address? I will consider contacting the local jurisdictions but would like to start with BMorg first. However, after witnessing years and years of dangerous drivers, I'm starting to wonder.
Maybe I'm impatient, but listening to myself whine on Eplaya feels like trying to drive on the playa in the rain. Maybe the best gift for me to work towards for next year is trying to prevent someone from being killed on 447.