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?