Child Hit by Car in Pleasanton This Morning Schools & Kids, posted by Amy, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 8, 2009 at 10:31 am
I saw a teenager standing with his damaged bike in front of a car stopped at the exit/entrance into the Spring Rain/Pleasanton Beauty Supply strip mall. The driver was standing outside his car and on a cell phone. A woman in a car stopped in front of me at the light on Main St/Santa Rita Road and Stanley got out of her car and approached them. It was clear that this boy had been hit by the car driven by the man on his cell phone.
I was glad to see the man on his phone (hopefully calling police or the boy's parents.) I would have called the police if it looked like he was going to drive away.
I had three teenage boys from Pleasaton in my car recently, and two of them talked about how they were hit by cars in Pleasanton and did not tell their parents. One said the driver gave him cash. Both times the drivers left after asking the boys if they were okay.
Right before observing the incident this morning, I saw two cars on Santa Rita Road go through a red light into the Amador High School drop-off semi-circle. They passed in front of a crowd of kids attempting to cross Santa Rita Road to go to school.
I also saw children crossing in a crosswalk, and drivers cutting in front of them to make their turns. Typical driver behavior in Pleasanton.
It would be helpful if the Pleasanton Police did some driver education regarding crosswalk laws. Pleasanton drivers clearly need it. Why are Pleasanton Police never at the school crosswalks in the mornings or at 3pm?
It would be interesting if the Pleasanton Weekly interviewed Pleasanton crossing guards about the driver behavior they see every morning as they attempt to protect children on their way to school.
I see banners at the schools about Bike to School week. Is it responsible for adults to encourage children to bike to school when Pleasanton drivers run red lights and cut in front of children in crosswalks every morning?
Posted by Amy, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 8, 2009 at 2:16 pm
The man on the cell phone was talking to the boy, and the woman approaching them had probably witnessed the event. She got out of her car while it was in front of a green light (I was in my car behind her) and walked towards them, so clearly she was being pro-active. I am sure between those two adults the police were called. If not, they can indicate that here and I will call them. However, I did not witness the boy being hit.
Posted by bel, a resident of the Val Vista neighborhood, on May 8, 2009 at 5:14 pm
It would be nice if the police started patrolling over by the school crosswalk again, they would probably meet their ticket writing quota with all the reckless stupidity I keep seeing go on there. The other day as a crossing guard was walking in the street I watched a car speed through right past her, trying to beat the kids crossing. Today I was crossing at another crosswalk and a car came speeding right into it not even looking. This was at the time school was letting out.
A lot of these people are parents picking up kids.
Posted by PToWN94566, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 8, 2009 at 7:08 pm PToWN94566 is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
While I don't condone people that go through red lights, speed in front of crosswalk people etc, I do think that education needs to happen on both sides. Meaning that pedestrians need a training on when to cross and when not to. To many times I've driven down my cross street by Harvest Park and have had groups of kids walking on the side walk, and then have one of them dart into the middle of the street. Same thing in front of schools. I've driven by the middle school in Hacienda Business Park and have seen many students dart across the street by running in between lined cars that are in the turning lane. Shouldn't they be held accountable too?
I remember when I was 12 years old getting pulled over by a cop for riding my bike on the ride side of the street. That scared the crap out of me and I never did it again. Cops should pull over these kids who run into the middle of the street and give them citations too.
Posted by June, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 8, 2009 at 8:48 pm
There are parents sitting in cars on the opposite side of the street from school, waiting for their child to dart across the street and get in the car. I see this everyday. Yes, folks, mom sits in her car waiting for her child to dart across the street, in between parked cars and in front of cars driving in the street to get to mom. I am familiar with Alisal, and that happens everyday there. It's remarkable.
Posted by Karen, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on May 8, 2009 at 9:03 pm
You can go to any school in the morning around 8 and as my husband says it is like a nascar race at talladega. The strange part about it is that it is us the mothers who are rushing to work and thus driving unsafely.
Posted by John Adams, a member of the Amador Valley High School community, on May 9, 2009 at 9:38 am
I sit across from Amador every day, waiting for my child who uses the crosswalk and waits for the light. I see red light runners, jay-walkers, and parents who arrive too late to get a legal parking place, and just park in the street.
But the worst is the students. Careless pedestrians are wandering around in groups ignoring cars, assuming they won't be hit. Students are driving out of the Amador lot like maniacs. The police should be there handing out moving violations; many of these drivers deserve to lose their provisional licenses, and potentially save a life or two.