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Letters to the Editor July 26, 2011

Lower speed limit on Pacific Ave. before something awful happens

This letter is another plea to the Board of Supervisors and the City Council to please lower the speed limit on Pacific Avenue to 25 mph.

The area is residential and there are several schools that back up to or are very close to Pacific Avenue. It’s such a simple thing and is a prima fascie case for the speed limit to be 25 mph as stated in the California Driver Handbook on page 29. I just don’t understand what more they need.

For example, on Sunday, July 17, my husband and I were driving west on Pacific Avenue and at Fresno Street and Pacific there happened to be a pool of water on the northeast corner of Fresno set slightly back from Pacific. That doesn’t sound like much of a problem, but there were three children playing in that water. Some were sitting, some were sort of lying in it, but they were splashing each other and generally having a lot of fun. They were ignoring what was going on around them.

Now, what if someone heading west on Pacific had planned on turning onto Fresno Street? They never would have seen those children until it was too late, and probably another child would have been injured or worse, killed. It’s too easy to say “if the driver had been alert, he or she wouldn’t have hit them”or “the kids shouldn’t have been playing in the street.”

 First and probably foremost, the driver is approaching Fresno Street at about 35 mph and with the bushes located on the southeast corner the driver, if he or she saw the children at all, would have done so too late to do anything except slam on the brakes, swerve, and hope for the best.

Second, the children, if they even saw the car, would not have been in a position to do anything except try to get up to get out of the way. They too would have had to just hope for the best; and everyone knows in a car versus pedestrian accident the pedestrian is going to lose.

This problem concerns everyone, drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists; so I ask that everyone keep in mind the old adage of an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Let’s not wait until we need that pound of cure.

Leslie Hinkley

Crescent City

 

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