California has more than a dozen waterfalls that have become famous for their cascading waterfalls, and now a new study has found that they can be a major problem.
The problem with waterfalls is that they are often too close to a highway, and people are driving around with too much time on their hands, said Lisa Hsu, a researcher with the Institute of the Environment at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Hsu, along with her colleagues, analyzed waterfalls from the California National Forests in the Sierra Nevada and the Santa Barbara Mountains and found that nearly all of the waterfalls were located in the very close proximity of highway ramps, which means that a person with a heavy load could easily slip on the water and end up in a fatal accident.
“We wanted to understand the impact of these waterfalls on the health of drivers,” Hsu said.
Honda says it will remove the ramps from its highways, but it is not the only automaker to take action on the matter.
Toyota has announced it is going to start taking waterfalls off of its roads, and Nissan says it is working with local governments to do the same.