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Speed Traps

Original post made by Lucy, Danville, on Apr 2, 2008

As I drive down Diablo Road going towards Hartz Avenue, I always notice a motorcycle cop sitting on the right hand side of the road with a speed gun. Watch out! I always try and drive the posted speed limit (30 MPH). Anyone else notice him?

Anyone have any input to other speed traps around town?

Comments (19)

Posted by Tami
a resident of Greenbrook Elementary School
on Apr 2, 2008 at 3:26 pm

To Lucy:
Do you have children? Does your family or friends ride bikes? Why would you alert people of a speed trap? A good majority of our Danville residents speed through our residential streets. Not to mention our tourists. Would you announce that you’re going out of town and that your house is unlocked?
As inconvenient it may be to get stop by a police officer for speeding, think about how inconvenient it may be to repair your car, to call your insurance agent and file a claim or attend a funeral service. My thought; be thankful that we have a great people like the men and women in uniform, that are here to protect us, not just from terrorism but from violators of the road. Take a minute and slow down.

Posted by member
a resident of Danville
on Apr 2, 2008 at 9:54 pm

Tami, did you even read the comment?? If you did, you clearly were unable to comprehend it. Lucy said that she slows down to the speed limit, which is 30. And in warning others of a speed trap, there's a high likelihood that those who have been warned will slow to the speed limit as well. So Tami, what's wrong with that???
Learn to not only read, but comprehend.

Posted by Robert
a resident of Danville
on Apr 3, 2008 at 9:31 am

Tammy's right. Why should we warn people that there is a police officer down the road, for them to slow down? Are there not speed limit signs everywhere? Great that the other woman drives the speed limit, good for her but warning speeders to slow down isn't going to make them suddenly change their habits. Maybe some will. I have lived here over 30 years and have almost been hit twice. My grandson was hit on his bicycle, so I commend Tammy to have responded back.

Posted by Jack
a resident of Danville
on Apr 3, 2008 at 10:34 am

Ridiculous of this woman to write this, could she be any ruder. Tami was only trying to make a point. She couldn’t even put her name in the posting. Maybe she is just feeling guilty for being one of those speeders.

Posted by Tami
a resident of Greenbrook Elementary School
on Apr 3, 2008 at 10:49 am

Yes I can comprehend. What is with having a forum to view different opinions if you will end up with some people trying to belittle you for your comments? My comment to Lucy was only to WHY would you alert people? Shouldn't they be doing the right thing to begin with? There are signs everywhere stating the speed limit. To Lucy: I am glad that you obey the speed limit, I appreciate that. My opinion is still I don’t think that we should warn people of something they shouldn’t be doing already. If I offended you in any way that was not my intention, my intent was only to ask the readers the questions and to think about them.

Posted by Lucy
a resident of Danville
on Apr 3, 2008 at 12:57 pm

I wasn't offended at all because I agree with most what you said. Although I don't think posting signs does a whole lot in regard to speeders. I know in the past when I have been pulled over on the freeway, it's cautioned me to drive more slowly. And I really do believe that knowing where cops hang out does have an effect on how *some* people drive.

And if you notice, A LOT of people do not drive the posted 30 MPH on Diablo Road. People are always driving on my tail when I drive 30 MPH.

BTW-a CHP hangs out on the right side under the underpass of Sycamore Valley Rd. going north on the 680.

Posted by Scott
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Apr 3, 2008 at 1:04 pm

Gaining knowledge of a "Speed Trap" by being warned by someone, noticing it yourself, or getting a ticket for speeding all will result in the same outcome: keeping motorists driving the speed limit and keeping our streets safer. In a perfect world, we should not need these warnings to follow a simple rule of the road. If anyone needed extra incentive, all they have to do is think of how tragic it would be to hurt someone by not having enough time to react because they were speeding.

Posted by Oxymo Ron
a resident of another community
on Apr 4, 2008 at 3:55 pm

Dear neighbors,

After carefully solving all the bridges that CCC-PW considered a blockage to drainage on the Iron Horse Trail, we are now working on a real SPEED TRAP for the Alamo Business District. A mouse trap design one lane wide is built into each lane in the district and if a non-resident (without a faspass-like device) exceeds the speed limit, WAP! No cheese is required.

Invention is the mother of insanity,


One HAL of a Pal

Posted by member
a resident of Danville
on Apr 6, 2008 at 5:06 am

Tami, your comment is you don't think we should have to warn people of something they shouldn't be doing already? First off, it's a double negative. Secondly, it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever (go ahead, read it back to yourself real slow). Thirdly if you meant "I don't think we should have to warn people of something they SHOULD be doing already (driving max 30 mph, for instance)", then you might want to take every warning label off of every product in existence. Now THAT'S FUNNY. That bubble you live in is stifling your growth, both intellectually and socially.
Oh, by the way, your hard-earned tax dollars have gone to great use with the installation of two (as yet not functioning) solar powered radar monitoring devices on El Cerro, IN ADDITION to the speed signs already detected. Next step, cameras (speed traps)will be installed, at even higher cost to local taxpayers.

Posted by David Thomas
a resident of Danville
on Apr 7, 2008 at 7:46 am

Dear Danville,

Speed traps are speed traps. Danville police are a bunch of cowboys.

Tell it like it is, folks!


Posted from Iron Horse neighbors e-exchanges

Posted by Jack
a resident of Danville
on Apr 7, 2008 at 2:28 pm

Who is this person who has nothing better to do than to yell at another person in an opinion forum? What is your problem, get a life and get over yourself.

Posted by Myrna Love
a resident of Danville
on Apr 8, 2008 at 10:22 am

Dear neighbors,

Poor Jack cannot understand that reality is on the side of David Thomas and the Town of Danville is likely all cowboys. Our Iron Horse neighbors from Walnut Creek to San Ramon have e-exchanged many results of Danville Police activities including their infamous border raids into Alamo. Poor Jack also objects to "Member's" review of another's comments as somehow not an appropriate part of a forum.

Focus, Jack! What is your position on government uses of speed traps?


Posted by request of the Iron Horse neighbors

Posted by Craig
a resident of Danville
on Apr 10, 2008 at 11:26 am

I personally WANT to know where the speed traps are. I want everyone else to know as well. What is better...catching someone speeding or not having them speed at all?
Camino Ramon between Sycamore and Fostoria frequently has police stationed at the stop signs. I know they might be at any number of intersections so it is a reminder to stop completely.

I don't want someone to get a ticket. I just want them to slowdown. If a police presence does that then great.

Posted by Hal Bailey
a resident of another community
on Apr 22, 2008 at 1:20 pm

Dear neighbors,

Just how is your sense of humor?

Today, on my daily walk along the Iron Horse Trail, I greeted a East Bay Regional Park employee who was looking for speeding bicycles and roller bladers on the trail at 11:30AM on a Tuesday morning. I'm quite sure he will be able to report that there are no speeders on the trail.

The punch line? When asked why he didn't conduct his review on Saturday or Sunday, he noted, "I don't work weekends."

We both laughed and celebrated the humor of the moment,

Hal along the trail

Posted by Tom Dell
a resident of Danville
on May 1, 2008 at 7:51 am

Posted as received at

Speed Traps? There is no such thing in Danville. There are only speeders that drive too fast and are angry when they get caught.

Big ugly trucks, fashionably called SUVs, rush through Danville roads and streets to and from downtown, schools and 680. Most typically women driving kids in SUVs are the worst offenders. These speeders know no courtesy when they drive and deserve no courtesy when they are caught.

Slow down and there will be no speed traps.

Tom Dell
Along Diablo Road

Posted by Vlado
a resident of Danville
on Jul 8, 2009 at 12:39 am

A favorite speed trap on a not too busy days is on Paraiso Drive where it joins Camino Ramon. Policemen sit on Paraiso Drive and sometimes in Sycamore Circle waiting and guessing if motorists driving on Camino Ramon have come to a complete stop at the intersection. For the motorists driving northbound they probably cannot really see whether they stopped or not as there is an wall at the south end of the intersection blocking their view so they probably just guess and if you are unlucky you could get cited.
Other speed traps are at the west side of Greenbrook overpass at around 5 o'clock when people are coming home and at the Fire station on San Ramon Valley Boulevard near Podva St., where the motorcycle police with a laser gun (that does not get regular maintenance) is hiding behind the bushes on the PD parking lot. It appears that the speed limit on that section of the road has been set contrary to the requirements of the Transportation Department and Traffic Manual as periodic measurements (to establish the required 85 percentile speed) are made with a 30 MPH speed limit sign already in place.

Posted by nightowl
a resident of Diablo
on Jul 8, 2009 at 7:43 am

So, we shouldn't warn other residents of speed traps?

Okay, well, inbound Diablo Road pinches down to 25 MPH at the Camino Tassajara light. The signage is lousy and easily missed. That area seems to be a favorite "fishing hole" for late-night public servants.

Posted by Speeder
a resident of San Ramon
on Aug 9, 2009 at 7:29 pm

I absolutely hate 90 percent of drivers in Danville. They are all ignorant and a good majority are soccer moms in there HUGE suvs so they can take their one kid out to practice. Honestly correct me if im wrong, i have yet to see a family big enough to actually need their suburban, tahoe, or escalade. This town is absolutely ridiculous. I would like to see any of you drive in new york. I try to avoid Camino tassajara like the plague, no one in this town understands the concept of slower traffic keeps right. To all the mom's complaining about their kids being unsafe, teach your kid right, if he runs out infront of a moving car then natural selection and survival of the fittest comes into play. I cant wait for the replies on this. Oh and if you want to know where cops are get a radar detector! Thats what i did.

Posted by Mike Rafone
a resident of Danville
on Aug 9, 2009 at 10:19 pm

Agreed, Speeder. The spoiled knuckleheads with their SUVs and the bored Danville police officers who are busy trying to justify their positions long enough to finally collect their lucrative pensions are not part of what made us want to live here in the first place.

By the way, did you know that many Danville cops started out as prison guards in Martinez? I've always wondered what kind of a person would choose a career path like that. Certainly not someone who took his/her education seriously with the intention of making our society better. These are lasy people with control-freak tendencies who are looking for the path with least resistance, hoping when they retire to be sucking on the taxpayer's tit.

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