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Nearly Hit Head On by Wrong Way Driver

Original post made by Right Way , Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on May 11, 2011

Recently, I was nearly hit head on by a wrong way driver while I was westbound on Embarcadero, near the Alma overpass. It was just lucky timing (it was 10:15pm) that my direction had 2 lanes and the lane to my right was empty, allowing me to swerve out of the way. It was a terrifying near miss, so much so I had to pull over in Town and Country to calm down and call 911. I could barely use my phone, I was so shaken. Ironically, I'd just seen officers at a traffic spot at Embarcadero and a nearby cross street moments before this.

I made some phone calls following this, as I thought perhaps it was a drunk driver from a Stanford baseball game because fans were will driving off as I passed a few minutes later. Alcohol isn't served at the games and an officer suggested that it was a wrong way driver confused by the badly marked divider going eastbound on Embarcadero, before and after the underpass.

Anyone have any suggestions about which PA City dept. I should call to find out if they're going to better mark this dangerously confusing part of the road any time soon? I'm not holding my breath in these tight budget times, but I figure a call to the right department can't hurt.

Unfortunately, I frequently have to drive this route and am still grappling with some PTSD.

Stay safe and alert folks!

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Posted by try here
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 11, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Web Link

just found this with a google search, you might try it

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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 12, 2011 at 11:31 am

I encountered an idiot driving towards university on High St., a one-way street, near Homer St., also one-way, who was determined to make it a two-way street. I'm willing to let someone get out of a mistake they got themselves into, because everyone makes mistakes, but this Asian man in a luxury automobile just had to go an extra block head on against traffic generating the most confused and amazed looks - maybe to show he could. I always wonder where the police are in these situation, which, thank God, do not happen that often.

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