Town Square

Post a New Topic

No Turning on Red While Children Are Present

Original post made by Mom on May 29, 2009

Embarcadero/Middlefield and Embarcadero/Newell Road have these signs due to Walter Hays and Jordan students crossing. Please be aware that cars are not to turn on red lights when children are present.

I just witnessed a grey-haired man in a black car (with toddler child seat in the back) honking at a car. We were on Newell Road, facing south and the crossing guard was in the crosswalk, crossing children. He began honking because the children had passed his side of the road, yet the guard was still in the crosswalk. Once the guard moved out of the crosswalk, he honked about 3 more times, ignoring the sign which states "No turning on red while children are present."

Here's a man with a toddler at home, acting in such a manner. I was glad that the driver ignored his honking and followed the rules and waited for the green light.

Comments (1)

Posted by Greg, a resident of Downtown North
on May 29, 2009 at 5:05 pm

The driver is being reckless. You or the crossing guard should take down his license plate number and call the police.

I am not familiar with this particular intersection, but unless there is a center median, drivers are required by law to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks until they completely finish crossing the street (not just clearing your lane).

There have been several cases recently where drivers have hit pedestrians in crosswalks in midtown Palo Alto, mostly likely due to impatience and/or inattention.


If you were a member and logged in you could track comments from this story.

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Scottís Seafood Mountain View to close, reopen as new concept
By Elena Kadvany | 11 comments | 3,255 views

Who Says Kids Donít Eat Vegetables?
By Laura Stec | 7 comments | 1,701 views

Breastfeeding Tips
By Jessica T | 11 comments | 1,547 views

How Bad Policy Happens
By Douglas Moran | 19 comments | 1,030 views

The life of Zarf
By Sally Torbey | 4 comments | 391 views