Thursday, April 24, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
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Concerns about safety at Emerson

Thanks for your recent report, “Upcoming site meetings … on safe routes to school.” Having missed the meeting about Emerson Junior High on Monday (no longer “upcoming”), I offer the following observations as a concerned “busybody” community member.

* There has been no observable change in bike, pedestrian or car traffic at Emerson, at least on its north side where a large portion of pupils come and go.

* Cars and SUVs bringing and meeting pupils still line up in the red zones and swing into U-turns — sometimes from the curb — as kids come and go on the same street. (Rarely does a driver use the nearby intersection to turn around; does nobody read a DMV handbook?)

* No one (except nannies with tots) uses the painted crosswalk.

* While we welcome the new audits and their findings, it is mistaken to call their product “results.” The latter (i.e., results) are what we still look for in consequence of their findings. The distinction is not nit-picky, but very useful. So let us hope for some results from these fresh findings!

Dale M. Heckman
Davis

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  • ScottJanuary 22, 2014 - 4:23 pm

    Dale, It is NOT illegal to do a u-turn mid block along Imperial Ave. You don't need to go to an intersection unless you are in a business district. Areas with churches, apartments, multiple dwelling houses, clubs and public buildings (but not schools)are also considered to be business districts. Do YOU ever read a DMV handbook?

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  • January 22, 2014 - 4:24 pm

    That would be Humboldt Ave not Imperial.

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  • Sue D.January 22, 2014 - 6:21 pm

    Actually, Scott, you need to read more carefully. U turns are permissible in residential areas, but here is the code: U-Turn in Residence District 22103. No person in a residence district shall make a U-turn when any other vehicle is approaching from either direction within 200 feet, except at an intersection when the approaching vehicle is controlled by an official traffic control device. Amended Ch. 622, Stats. 1970. Effective November 3, 1970. At drop off and pick up times there are many vehicles approaching within 200 feet.

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  • ScottJanuary 22, 2014 - 7:19 pm

    But any time that a vehicle is not within 200 feet, and that is often (I pick up my kid there after school every day), then it is legal. To say that a u-turn can not be done there is blatantly false. Even with lots of kids around. Let's keep it factual!

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