Police log: Street race leads to charges against teens Crimes & Incidents, posted by Editor, Pleasanton Weekly Online, on Nov 3, 2011 at 10:06 pm
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
Posted by Sam, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, 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 the Another Pleasanton neighborhood 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 Sam, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, 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 Tango , a resident of the Vineyard Avenue neighborhood, 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 Sam, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, 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 the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, 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.