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drivers, please slow down and pay attention

Original post made by parent, Midtown, on Jan 6, 2016

We live near Oregon Expressway. Several times this morning, we saw ambulances speeding down Oregon, presumably to rescue victims of traffic collisions. Almost all of these injuries are preventable if drivers use common sense and slow down and pay attention when driving, especially in dark or wet conditions. Turn off your cell phone and leave extra distance between you and the car in front of you. Come to a complete stop at all stop signs and stop lights. Roads are extremely slippery right from water, motor oil, and debris on the roads. Your tires and brakes work poorly in these conditions and most of your fellow drivers haven't driven in the rain very much in recent years.

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Posted by Truth
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jan 6, 2016 at 11:15 am

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There are always sirens when it rains, even when it's just sprinkling. Californians can't handle the rain - too spoiled by good weather. Live in the snow for awhile and it will correct your driving.

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Posted by Truth
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jan 6, 2016 at 11:23 am

What is really bothersome is when drivers don't pull over for emergency vehicles to pass.

But there is basically no drivers education in Palo Alto these days. It's either before the school day(unadvertised and too early in the morning) [portion removed] take an online class (completely ineffective). Most drivers don't know that when turning right, one must pull into the bike lane before reaching the corner. Car is supposed to pull into the bike lane when the green line breaks so bikers are warned of the impending right turn. Only Paly alums from 30 years ago know this.

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Posted by Plane Speaker
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 6, 2016 at 12:21 pm

Drivers these days are the worst I've ever seen. Every time I take the
smallest drive now I see:

1. Lots of people routinely run stop signs in all locations.

2. Whenever a light turns green odds are over 50% that
someone is looking at their cellphone and will just sit
there making sure many behind them will not catch the light.

3. I lot of drivers drive right down the middle of the street. Their
cars are so big or they are such poor drivers that they do not
know how to keep the car in their own lane. Particularly on
Channing and Homer, but really everywhere.

4. Of course, lots of speeders. Speeding doesn't bother me
personally that much if it is done safely where this are not a
lot of cars ... but now lots of people speed and weave in
heavy traffic or on the freeway.

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Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jan 6, 2016 at 12:41 pm

You're complaining that people don't pull over for emergency vehicles but they often have absolutely no place to go since they're totally boxed in.

The Menlo Police and Fire folks have repeatedly complained that gridlock has prevented them from reaching crash sites on 101 in a timely fashion and victims have died as a result. Ambulances on El Camino are forced onto the "wrong" side of the road in the hopes of getting to the victims.

Drivers are increasingly frustrated with the gridlock and poorly timed lights. They're creating their own lanes, making the problems even worse.

There's a real cost to all this growth and gridlock. And it will get worse when the VTA and other transportation "experts" eliminate more right-turn-on red options and more lanes of traffic on El Camino, in the neighborhoods and on already gridlocked streets like Middlefield.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Community Center
on Jan 6, 2016 at 2:02 pm

@Online Name: of course, when there is gridlock, drivers aren't expected to move. But often, drivers don't pull to the side when they can and should. Or drivers don't want to turn into a street, thus take time out of their commute to allow an emergency vehicle to pass.

Pat Burt was just appointed mayor for the second time. He is pro-development so expect gridlock to worsen.

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