Friday, December 10, 2010

ar-old stuck and killed in crosswalk in Los Altos. Could it have been prevented?

A 76-year old Los Altos resident was struck and killed at the intersection of Los Altos Avenue and Hacienda Way.  The driver has not been charged and the investigation is still on-going.  As many locals know, there have been issues with pedestrians being killed in crosswalks on San Antonio Road in recent years.  Those incidents resulted in almost all the crosswalks on that road getting special crosswalk lights that illuminate to indicate to drivers that someone is walking across the road.

More Lights?  The question now is "Do we need more crosswalk lights on long streets where people are likely to speed?  Speeding is a common issue on San Antonio.  While I don't know if it's a factor is the latest accident, the question remains the same.  By that virtue, which streets should have the markers.

Expensive But Worth It.  While I'm not a fan of overprotecting people, this seems like a good idea on the many streets at risk for this sort of thing.  Some major streets that might benefit from crosswalk lights include Almond Avenue, Los Altos Avenue, El Monte, Covington Road, Grant Road, Springer Road, Magdalena, and Foothill Expressway.  The cost may be more than we can afford but I think they should be added over time.
A lot of these roads have kids crossing for schools and many have walkers or joggers trying to cross.  In my opinion, we should add these lights to improve the safety of our community.

Here's a link to the article in the Los Altos Town Crier.

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