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Police log: Street race leads to charges against teens

Original post made on Nov 3, 2011

An impromptu street race in Pleasanton between a Cadillac and a Hummer led to charges against two juveniles. An officer with a radar gun spotted the two racing near the DMV westbound on West Las Positas Boulevard just before 1 a.m. Oct. 29. The two vehicles were doing 60 to 65 mph in a 35 mph zone.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, November 3, 2011, 2:17 PM

Comments (16)

Posted by Pro-Law, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 3, 2011 at 10:06 pm

What are kids doing out at 1 AM? And why are they racing on that stretch of roads? PPD often wait there all hours of the day.


Posted by Mike, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Nov 3, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Pro-Law,

Kids have less experience in these matters, thus they get more tickets.
Maybe the PPD could host a guided tour of the spots around Pleasanton where cops like to catch speeders, perhaps make it a driver ed option.

Mike


Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill
on Nov 3, 2011 at 11:43 pm

Hope the judge throws the book at these two. It would great if the law could go after the parents, too, especially the ones who are letting their dimwit teenager drive a speeding Hummer around on city streets at 1am.


Posted by nancy s., a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 4, 2011 at 7:45 am

Enforce the CURFEW. Pleasanton has a curfew for minors (under the age of 18). Doesn't matter if their walking or driving. If these kids were on provisional licenses....take their license away. Sometimes I can't believe how stupid these kids are, but they must take after their parents, because what parent with any common sense gives their teenager a Hummer and an Escalade to drive...oh yeah Pleasanton Parents. What morons.


Posted by Bob, a resident of Las Positas
on Nov 4, 2011 at 8:46 am

Stoneridge Mall Rd sure is on the Police log a lot each week.


Posted by Pro-Law, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 4, 2011 at 9:32 am

Touché mike.

Or I can provide a short list:

West Las Positas between DMV and overpass. Speed is 35, should be 40/45.
Santa Rita Rd between Mohr Ave and Valley Rd. Speed is 35, should be 40.
Vineyard between 1st and Bernal. Speed is 25 on long straightaway.
Stoneridge Mall Rd loop. Speed is 35 I think.
Division St between Del Valle Parkway and St Marys. Speed is 25 on long straightaway.
Stop signs on Valley.

Any others?


Posted by Pro-Law, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 4, 2011 at 9:35 am

Oops. Meant to write W Las Positas should be 40 and Santa Rita 40/45.

And don't forget to look out for the white minivan with tinted windows or the newer model grey Ford Mustang. Both PPD.


Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill
on Nov 4, 2011 at 9:58 am

Pro-Law said: "West Las Positas between DMV and overpass. Speed is 35, should be 40/45."

You should know that the Traffic Engineering department of the city of Pleasanton actually puts some thought into the speed limits of all city streets. Here's a link to a Pleasanton city website with a clickable map giving speed surveys for a number of city streets, including the West Las Positas road segment that was involved in this speeding incident: Web Link

If you click on the road of West Las Positas, you'll find a report with Traffic department's recommended speed of 35 mph, along with the following justification:

"The recommended speed limit is 35 mph. Factors that support this
recommendation include: the limited sight distance on the overpass of the freeway, the
residential nature of the surrounding land and the high percentage of speed related accidents in 2006."


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Nov 4, 2011 at 10:11 am

I tend to be more forgiving of teens. I suggest that they be assigned to community service - 500 hrs...case closed...BOINK!


Posted by Lee, a resident of Las Positas
on Nov 4, 2011 at 10:55 am

Perhaps their consequence should be talking to the parents of Kyle the 16 year who was killed in a car crash in front of the DMV several years ago.


Posted by Tango , a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Nov 4, 2011 at 11:02 am

Many years ago they had a wonderful place for kids to take their cars, etc. it was called Baylands Raceway. It was safer and more controlled then a city street. That was a place my sons hung out at a lot. Now that it is long gone , kids don't have a place to show off their cars, so they do it on the street. Nearest place now is Infineon Santa Rosa.


Posted by Pete , a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 4, 2011 at 11:20 am

Sam, take a lesson from Cholo and Lee...


Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill
on Nov 4, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Lee said: "Perhaps their consequence should be talking to the parents of Kyle the 16 year who was killed in a car crash in front of the DMV several years ago."

Yes, the car crash that killed Kyle O'Conner in 2007 involved a car going eastbound along the same section of West Las Positas road at an estimated speed of 50 mph in a 35 mph zone. The pair of drivers in this most recent story were estimated to be doing 60 to 65 mph. If the court system doesn't ground them, their insurance companies will.


Posted by Bill, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Nov 4, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Concerning cars - two things always made an impression on me. First, when I was a teenager, the neighbor who would not let his kids drive until they could tear down and rebuild a VW engine. This included his daughters. Lesson learned - if you break it, now you can fit it.

Second as a parent, when a math teacher at Amador HS would require my kids to solve acceleration/deceleration problems to calculate when a person would be killed in a traffic accident. Lesson learned - the human body is fragile.


Posted by Bill, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Nov 4, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Sorry - nexst to last word in first paragraph should be "fix" not fit.


Posted by Brad, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Nov 5, 2011 at 12:10 pm


The fact that anyone of any age drives a lame Hummer just screams "I'm a tool".


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