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Palo Alto police to focus on school zones

Original post made on Sep 24, 2007

The Palo Alto Police Department have extra officers near schools beginning this morning for "Operation Safe Passage" to provide increased traffic enforcement, City Manager Frank Benest reported in his newsletter last week.

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 24, 2007 at 10:20 am

I am really pleased to hear this. We all need regular reminders and this is a positive start.

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Posted by Cyclist
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 24, 2007 at 9:50 pm

I'm glad to see this enforcement. Everyday as I bike to and from work I see dozens of students running stop signs, biking the wrong direction and not wearing their helmets. They seem to have no concept that stop signs are meant for them too. One student recently told my middle schooler that stop signs are "only for cars".

The worst intersection on my route is on Los Robles at La Donna. Even when cars are lined up and have the right of way, kid after kid shoots through that intersection without stopping. The same thing happens on Meadow at Wilke Way and at El Camino Way. Most drivers are careful and patient at these intersections. I'm worried that someday one of them won't be so careful.

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Posted by PV Parent
a resident of Palo Verde School
on Sep 25, 2007 at 9:18 am

Are crossing guards supposed to stop cyclists too? As I walked to Palo Verde today, I say a family of cyclists turning across Loma Verde onto Louis at the intersection. As the father approached, he shouted to the crossing guard to stop the traffic for his family so that he could ride across the middle of the intersection without stopping. There were many pedestrians crossing in all directions to get to both Palo Verde and Ohlone. I was under the impression that bikes should also stop to let the pedestrians cross, not the other way round.

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