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Living in San Carlos February 28, 2012

Drive Carefully in San Carlos Today — and Every Day.

by Chuck Gillooley

Special Traffic Enforcement.

If you’re one of those people who like to lead-foot it down the residential streets of San Carlos, or have perfected the “California Stop”,  consider yourself warned:  The San Carlos Bureau of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department will be out in force looking for you today.

The Bureau announced yesterday that it will employ a special motorcycle enforcement team in various parts of the City today to crack down on motor vehicle and bicycle moving violations.   Here’s the notification that you received if you subscribe to the City’s email alert system:

On Tuesday, February 28, 2012, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, San Carlos Patrol Bureau, will be conducting a City wide Traffic Safety Enforcement Campaign targeting motor vehicle & bicycle violations.  A Sheriff’s Office Motorcycle Enforcement Team will conduct the operation at various locations throughout the City.

Why Not Every Day?

I applaud this effort, and wish it could be done more often than just one day.   In my opinion, residential speeding is one of the top problems that plagues this city.   Speeding is rampant on the street that I live on  — and despite the fact that my car was recently totaled by a speeder while it was parked in front of my house,  I’ve seen no additional traffic enforcement on the street.  Sadly, the Howard Avenue Speedway is still open for business.

Obviously, it’s the finances that restrict the Sheriff’s Department from doing more concentrated enforcement efforts like you’ll see today.  Hopefully in the future, they’ll find the money to conduct more of these campaigns to help get this problem under control.

As far as today is concerned, I invite the Sheriff’s Department to use my driveway to run their campaign.   It’s wide enough to support a whole row of motorcycles, and I’m sure there won’t be any lack of “opportunity” on this street.

But just in case, I’ll keep a fresh pot of coffee going for you all day 😉

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  • When we lived in San Mateo “The Lanes” neighborhood behind Hillsdale Mall, I witnessed an overturn accident on that street…imagine a narrow street that had speeding problems so dramatic a jeep could flip.

    I held a neighborhood meeting with mall management and the police department, but other than parking a police car with a dummy in it, they did nothing to quell the problem. Finally a couple years after we moved, they installed a stop sign. No speed bumps, no added enforcement, nothing that would slow traffic.

    Cities don’t seem to be worried about speeding problems and it remains a mystery why. I know the cost of speeding tickets have increased dramatically, so how can enforcement not fund itself? But then, the cellphone ban seems to go unchecked by all the yackers we constantly see in blatant disregard for that law. It’s infuriating.

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