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Red Light Runners & Speeding - Loma Verde/Middlefield
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by Nikki B., Midtown,
on Jul 24, 2006
We have resided on Middlefield and Loma Verde for 4 years and I can not believe the amount of daily red light runners and speeders who travel North and South bound on Middlefield Road. Daily I see a minimum of 3 red light runners and though the posted speed limit is 25 miles an hour, 35 plus is the norm.
I have witnessed a hand full of accidents at the intersection of Loma Verde and Middlefield. I have seen children, adults and vehicles hit by people who are speeding or running red lights. The scary and infuriating thing is I have seen people run lights when the police have been visibly present and nothing was done. It goes the same for those who speed. I understand that the police can not be everywhere at once but these issues are blatantly obvious to me so do others not care or am I the only one who has voiced this issue? The speed limit is 25 and I have people of all age's tail gating me or passing me at speeds that are ridiculous. Many of which are mom's with children in the car or commuters who use Middlefield to get to and from Highway 101.
If we had officers sit on Loma Verde beginning at 8:00am until after 7:00pm, I would bet that there would be a surprising number of people pulled over for not obeying the traffic laws. By doing this the city of Palo Alto would amazed by the amount of funds which came from traffic tickets on Middlefield alone. With those funds they could place cameras at each intersection between Colorado and San Antonio where they are so desperately needed. It might slow down the traffic and if not, send them a notice in the mail with a photo and documentation proving their traffic violation.
Posted by Sgt. Sandra Brown
a resident of another community
on Aug 3, 2006 at 5:40 pm
I would first like to thank everyone who has written in about the red light runners and speeders in Palo Alto. We at the police department take traffic violations very serious and work on a daily basis to issue citations to those drivers that decide to violate the traffic laws established by the State of California. Last year in the City of Palo Alto, Police Officers issued 517 red light violation citations. This year, to date they have issued 376 red light citations. It may appear that we could be slightly behind last year's numbers and that might be due to the fact that we have increased our patrol staffing in the neighborhoods because of the increase in residential burglaries.
Next week, August 6-12, Santa Clara County is targeting red light runners in several cities throughout the County. (See the Press Release Below). Three intersections in Palo Alto have been selected and will be monitored for red light violations. Pagemill Road at El Camino Real, Embarcadero Road at St. Francis and University Avenue at Middlefield Road. We will continue to enforce the laws of the State in the City of Palo Alto. We ask everyone driving in the City of Palo Alto to obey all of the posted speed limits, right-of-ways and intersection signal lights.
Sgt. Sandra Brown
Palo Alto Police Department
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Red Light Runners Target of County-wide Campaign
SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CA
In an ongoing effort to reduce roadway injuries and fatalities, Traffic Safe Communities Network (TSCN) in Santa Clara County is working collaboratively with local law enforcement to bring attention to the dangers associated with red light running. Increased enforcement in 12 cities throughout Santa Clara County will
occur at almost 50 intersections (see attachment) across the county during National Stop on Red Week, August 6-12.
The enforcement activities will be coupled with a public awareness campaign that will be running on local radio stations throughout August and will coincide with the national campaign. The goal of TSCN's STOP on Red Campaign is to reduce collisions, injuries, and
fatalities associated with red light running. Santa Clara County's Health Officer and TSCN co-chair, Dr. Martin Fenstersheib, states, "Red light running is a significant contributor to
the number of people who are unintentionally injured on our roadways. The focus of this campaign is to reduce the number of motor vehicle crashes caused by red light running." According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis
Reporting System, each year more than 1.8 million intersection crashes occur nationally.
Of those in 2003, about 206,000 are due to red light running. In 2003, there were 1,086 collisions in Santa Clara County where running a red light was the primary factor. The crashes resulted in 1,092 injuries and three deaths.
Running a red light is not only dangerous but it can be costly. The minimum fine for a citation is $335. If one gets in a collision further costs will be incurred, such as car repair costs, increases in auto insurance, lost wages, and medical bills.
Since 1998, TSCN and its partners have been successful at installing "rat-boxes" at over 100 intersections in the county. The boxes are low-tech electronic devices that allow police officers patrolling an intersection to easily determine when a motorist runs a red light. Intersections where rat boxes were previously installed will serve as this year's enforcement sites.
The following public safety agencies are participating in TSCN's STOP on Red Campaign: Campbell Police Department, Office of the Sheriff, Gilroy Police Department, Los Altos Police Department, Los Gatos Police Department, Milpitas Police Department, Morgan Hill
Police Department, Mountain View Police Department, Palo Alto Police Department, San Jose Police Department, Santa Clara Police Department, Sunnyvale Public Safety and the California Highway Patrol.
TSCN's members represent law enforcement, injury prevention advocates, elected officials, traffic engineers, court officials, community advocates, public health and emergency services personnel. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety
A Project of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the California Office of Traffic Safety, and the Santa Clara County Public Health Department