Additional speed bumps needed on downhill Quimby in front of Evergreen Valley High School

Additional speed bumps needed on downhill Quimby in front of Evergreen Valley High School

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Anshu Johri started this petition to Councilmember Sylvia Arenas

Schools, Hospitals and residential areas are places where one needs to exercise caution while driving. On the evening of October 8th, 2018, my son and daughter were returning home after their cross country practice at their school in Evergreen valley High School. They pushed the button for pedestrian crossing, the lights started blinking, they made sure there was no incoming or outgoing traffic, then started crossing the Quimby Rd on their scooters. They crossed half the street and then all of a sudden a white car appeared speeding down at around 60~70 miles per hour. The driver of the vehicle didn't seem to respect the blinking lights on the pedestrian crossing, didn't see my son crossing the remaining street or maybe did see and tried to slow down, but the car was at such a high speed that braking didn't help when my daughter was crossing the road. It hit her scooter before the driver finally could stop the car. There were two eyewitnesses to the incident, one who also took the pictures. Fortunately, and by God's grace, my daughter was saved from harms way and got hit in her right foot. She may not walk or run her races at the cross country for some time but that's it. My son said that had he been late by a fraction of a second, he would be directly hit by the car. The driver involved in the accident said that she could not see because of the sun(not sure what caused her to accelerate when she could not even see). 

But what's the need of this petition for a negligent driving behavior, you might ask.

While addressing the negligence of the driver is one issue, there is also a problem with how less we have done when we are equipped to take measures against the erroneous driving practice by constructing our roads with a built in safety feature. EVHS is located on Quimby Rd, and one lane which is downhill should be installed with speed bumps and humps. Because of the downhill slope/gradient the vehicles pick up speed and accelerate naturally. With careless, busy, fatigued or less attentive or even sun-blinded drivers driving downhill, it's a sure shot invitation for a tragedy in waiting. There are residential houses in the vicinity not to mention the students who are in the school till evening or late evening. Because of the slopes, there is also a blind part which is hidden from your view if you were to look up while scanning for incoming traffic.

We need not wait to lose precious lives before we decide to address this issue. I urge strongly to add additional bumps and humps on the down-slope Quimby Rd in front of EVHS at the crossing of Balardo to break the speed of a speeding vehicle for the safety of our children and for the safety of the residents living in the area. Please join me in my campaign. Your support is deeply appreciated. Please share it with friends, family and the community to make this happen! And we also need to teach our children that their being right isn't enough, they need to take into consideration that people around them can go wrong or make mistakes.

Thank you!

Anshu Johri

 

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