In an effort to curb speeding on its fastest and busiest streets, The City of Burlingame is kicking off a very unique program where it will arm some its citizens with radar guns to clock speeders and gather data for further analysis by the Burlingame Police Department. The citizen patrol is not allowed to confront speeding drivers or issue citations, but the City will issues “carefully worded” letters to repeat offenders. Areas that are determined to have a high concentration of speeders will then get increased police presence — and then the citations will come. Here’s an article in the San Mateo Daily News with more info:
San Carlos is no different from Burlingame in this respect — it has its share of busy thoroughfares that connect the residential areas to the main commute routes. In mornings and evenings, you can sit and watch traffic fly up and down these streets well in excess of the posted limit as people commute to work or head downtown. Having lived in White Oaks for 18 years, I have a pretty good idea which streets those are (I happen to live on one of them.)
Traditionally, The City of San Carlos has been very conservative on its effort to curb neighborhood speeding. The City Engineer is strongly opposed to inserting more stop signs to slow traffic on streets with chronic speeders. Instead, he has opted for the “round-abouts” that you see on Elm Street and the other on Howard Avenue. These do a wonderful job of directing traffic right toward anyone standing on the sidewalk, but do very little to slow speeders. The round-abouts have also had the undesirable effect of making it MORE difficult to cross the street at these intersections, since there’s no crosswalk and motorists often can’t see the pedestrians behind the round-about.
Requests to put speed bumps on certain streets have also been shot down by the city, despite the fact that neighboring communities like Belmont, Redwood City, and Menlo Park use them quite effectively in their high traffic areas.
So, does a citizen radar patrol make sense in San Carlos? Is the speeding problem big enough to justify such an effort? I’d be very interested to hear your point of view — just click comment button below and voice your opinion on this.
Welcome to to the White Oaks Blog — the most widely read blog dedicated to the San Carlos real estate market! Have blog updates sent to you automatically by subscribing for free by clicking here. Be sure to follow the White Oaks Blog on Facebook at https://Facebook.com/WhiteOaksBlog , and on Twitter @WhiteOaksBlog.
Don’t miss a single update!