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No Turning on Red While Children Are Present

Original post made by Mom, Duveneck/St. Francis, 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.

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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.

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