By now we’ve all seen the dramatic pictures of how the forest fires have affected the communities of California. Aside from the harrowing news of people escaping the encroaching infernos is an overlooked threat: highway traffic.
Traffic, even under the best of circumstances, can be dangerous. When you have the added distraction of towering blazes just off the highway, it only gets more difficult. According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, 80 percent of accidents are caused when drivers are distracted.