You nearly killed me
Original post made by Joel Henner on Jun 16, 2006
May your soul be damned to eternal torment in Hell.
Note to Palo Alto Police Department: There is an appalling lack of enforcement of both the speed limit and the traffic signals in the Embarcadero/Newell area. That is the section of town by the firehouse, near Rinconada Park.
Those of us who press the button and wait patiently for the little white man in the signal box to illuminate before crossing the street would appreciate some greater police presence at this intersection.
School is almost out, and there will be a lot of kids on bikes, skateboards and foot at all hours of the day and night. No one will be too upset if an old guy walking his dogs gets clipped, but what a shame to see someone's child struck and killed.
on Jun 16, 2006 at 10:20 pm
I think your response is a little harsh. It was wrong for the driver to act as he did, but damning his soul to eternal torment in Hell? I understand your frustration and angst, but such a violent reaction/damnation is not the solution. People learn from love and understanding, not anger and shame.
on Jun 17, 2006 at 11:43 am
I'm inclined to agree with Joel's sentiment. Its human nature to get pretty steamed when you see someone being so careless and obnoxious with their car. I love to deliberately drive 25 and watch the agressive drivers behind me squirm.
I think the "your speed is..." signs are good for careful drivers who need a gentle reminder that the speed limit is only 25, but obviously do nothing for people who choose to ignore the law.
Police resources are really stressed now, especially with the recent crime wave, so it might not be possible to park a manned cruiser on Embarcadero full time. I think they should put a real ticket-producing speed trap there whenever they can, and then possibly set up a number or website where you can report agressive drivers.
I also think the legislature should stop wasting time on things like "The Great American Boycott" and start enacting laws with teeth that punish agressive drivers. Lets make an example out of them - make them forfeit their cars, and instead drive Yugo's.
on Jun 21, 2006 at 4:28 pm
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