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News - October 19, 2012

Acrimonious meeting reveals traffic woes

by Daniel DeBolt

Following two collisions that killed pedestrians on California Street this year, the Shoreline West Association of Neighbors held an unusual meeting on street safety Monday night.

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Posted by Cuesta Resident
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Oct 18, 2012 at 4:20 pm

We need safe driving and safe biking. People who drive faster than the speed limit should be punished.

But we should not force all the safe, law-abiding drivers to go slower than the speed limit. As just one example, the city stupidly put in 4 consecutive speed bumps on a nearby street that makes it impossible to go the speed limit.

The reality is that the vast majority of people drive cars, and there are many who cannot use bicycles (families, the elderly, disabled, etc.) We should focus on improving bike options that do NOT in any way reduce the driving experience.

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Posted by SafetyFirst
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 18, 2012 at 6:31 pm

The deaths on California Ave all involved automobiles that were traveling greater than the posted limit. The reality is that it is actually legal to drive FASTER than the posted limit in many cases. As the article indicates, the traffic courts will no enforce a speed limit that is unreasonably low given the width of the streets.

So, unless the police can prove that speed was a primary factor in the accident, there really is no issue with going over the posted limit. The other problem with fatal traffic accidents at night on a road like California is that there is likely only one witness available after the accident--and that is the driver. Even if the driver is at fault, as long as they don't incriminate themselves, it is unlikely they will be charged. "He came out of nowhere!"

Personally, I would like to see cheap, brightly colored flags (and holders) posted along California, so people can grab one before crossing and get some instant visibility. Otherwise, I don't think the City is really going to do anything unless a young child, a "pretty woman" or the like gets hit. Then, you will see some action.