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Police targeting downtown pedestrian safety

Original post made on Oct 22, 2009

Plain clothed police officers will be used as pedestrian decoys as the Danville Police Department conducts a Pedestrian Safety Enforcement operation on Hartz Avenue and throughout the downtown area during the next two weeks.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 11:29 AM

Comments (9)

Posted by Concerned resident, a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Oct 22, 2009 at 7:13 am

For eight years, my children attended Vista Grande Elementary School and for most of that time, we have had to endure the fast driving on Diablo Road while trying to cross at the crossing guarded corner of Diablo and Arroyo.

There have been (flashing) lights put up on poles which often don't work. When I recently asked the guard why the lights don't work she said she didn't know and that she's called it in to the town of Danville but no response. (!)

We live off of Arroyo and my sons walked to school as they got much older but were never allowed to ride their bikes due to the speeding drivers on Arroyo! (often times "Moms" in a rush, talking on their cell phones

We have "graduated" from Vista Grande but I am still concerned about the safety of the children that walk on Arroyo and cross Diablo.

Prior to the horrible tragedy several years ago on Camino Tassajara, I used to say that it will take an unfortunate event for a change to be made to that road.(we used to live off of CT) Drivers would often go in excess of 50 mph! Unfortunately, I was correct. Let's not wait for an accident to occur in order for the Town to take heed of this intersection.

Thank you.


Posted by Debra, a resident of Danville
on Oct 22, 2009 at 8:29 am

I am glad that the police are going to be present downtown monitoring pedestrian and vehicle safety. The next place (I really think the first place) they should be present is at crosswalks near schools. Accidents and near accidents are occurring almost daily with pedestrians and bicycle riders. Human body vs. automobile is NEVER a good encounter. PAY ATTENTION people, stop multi-tasking in your cars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By the way, teach your children they are not considered pedestrians when they are on their bicycles. Their bicycle is considered a vehicle. They need to learn the California Vehicle codes for automobiles in order to be following the law while riding/ crossing streets.


Posted by Renee, a resident of Danville
on Oct 22, 2009 at 8:37 am

I hope the plain clothes officers will be on Hartz on a Friday or Saturday night, when the people coming out of the bars and restaurants dart across the street...believe me THIS IS AN ONGOING PROBLEM. Drinking and jay walking can be as dangerous as drinking and driving!!!


Posted by Just another Danville mom, a resident of Danville
on Oct 22, 2009 at 8:47 am

Just another Danville mom is a registered user.

I agree with the above posted comments that the police need to concentrate their efforts around the schools.

I also agree with the first post. The police need to make more of an effort to capture the drug dealers in our community that are selling to our kids. From what I have heard from various kids and other parents, drug usage among our middle school and high school kids is rising at a unprecedented rate especially this year. We also have an unsolved murder in our community.... and the police are putting their efforts into giving J-walking tickets? Something is wrong here.


Posted by Diablo Bob, a resident of Danville
on Oct 22, 2009 at 10:38 am

And I agree with Renee! Not just at night, but during lunch hour, pedestrians eschew using any crosswalk downtown. Adults as well as high schools kids pour across Hartz Blvd as is if its a walking trail, often entering the street from between two parked SUVs where its impossible to see them ahead of time.

The police should enforce ALL the laws, not just target drivers in their crackdown. Of course, I'm sure the revenue placed in the city's coffers is much higher from a moving traffic violation than a simple jaywalking one...


Posted by Marie, a resident of Danville
on Oct 23, 2009 at 8:09 am

Why aren't the names of the men who batter women, or women who batter men, announced in the paper, as child-molesters are ? I was shocked to read the statistics on the number of women in our three local towns who have been abused. I think that naming these people would definitely have an effect on them.


Posted by SALLY, a resident of Danville
on Oct 23, 2009 at 8:15 am

THANK YOU Danville police !! This is time well spent !!


Posted by Danville Res, a resident of Danville
on Oct 23, 2009 at 1:22 pm

Can someone comment on the actual code here? It was my understanding that crossing between intersections was not illegal or "J-walking" unless it was done between two controlled intersections. Using Hartz Avenue as an example, if you crossed between Hartz Way (Burger King) and Diablo Road, the only two controlled intersections along that stretch by either lights or stop signs, you would not technically, or legally, be "J-walking". It might not be smart, but it isn't illegal.
Can someone clear that up for me?


Posted by John, a resident of Danville
on Oct 23, 2009 at 3:26 pm

It seems a 4-way stop is long over due at Hartz/Prospect. Even more challenging in a vehicle because there is not a clear view of oncoming cars on Hartz.


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