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Original post made by Kimberly, Vintage Hills, on Feb 19, 2007

Speeds just seems to keep getting faster and faster. Does anyone drive 25 mph anymore in the neighborhoods? Vintage Hills, particularly Touriga Drive, is sometimes like a race track. How about your neighborhood?


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Posted by Pat
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 21, 2007 at 9:50 am

No kidding! I've got a kid learning to drive, and insist that he stick to the posted speed limit. The result? Cars start tailgating and even honking, as if he's the one doing something wrong.

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Posted by Tom
a resident of Livermore
on Mar 4, 2007 at 2:32 pm

I think people are speeding because they would like to try to make it through two traffic lights. If you don't speed, you stop for every light.

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Posted by Chuck
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Mar 5, 2007 at 10:23 pm

The Gatetree Circle walkthrough to the back of Amador Valley High School has suddenly become popular this year to parents dropping off their teens on school mornings. I don't have a problem with that by itself, but the speeds (30-40 mpg) some of them get up to coming into and leaving the circle need to be tempered. I have witnessed from my window many near accidents between these vehicles and the students who use the circle to walk to school. It is my hope some of them see this message and realize an opportunity to slow down before something happens.

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Posted by Lisa Lorentz
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 12, 2007 at 9:25 am

I am a Touriga Drive resident and it is awful how many people drive at speeds of 35 to 40mph or more! It baffles me as to why these people are so reckless. Do they not know they can kill someone? Kids and pets don't always look first before crossing. We just lost a little boy a few months back on Palomino. My neighbor and I had signs that said "Drive Safe, Drive 25mph." And guess what, they were stolen! Apparently these people didn't want to be reminded to drive safely in residential areas. Shame on them.

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Posted by Santiago
a resident of Siena
on Mar 16, 2007 at 2:58 pm

Hey, stop buying your kids cars when they turn 16 and we will solve some of our speeding problems, as well as countless socio-psychological problems that plague our spoiled youth. I'm not blaming all our problems on teenagers, but have you seen the Amador parking lot at 3PM lately?

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Posted by angelica
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Mar 26, 2007 at 9:58 pm

Not all of our parents buy us cars when we turn 16. And not all of us teenagers are spoiled. Some of us have to work for our money just like you do, Santiago.

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Posted by P Ellis
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Apr 3, 2007 at 7:48 am

Nice post Angelica,

I know you aren't in the minority. Teenagers and grownups alike don't always make the best decisions, and there are unsafe drivers of every group equally.

Keep up the good work.

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Posted by Santiago
a resident of Siena
on Apr 6, 2007 at 3:06 pm

Dear Angelica:
I totally respect your comment. However, you seem to assume that I am an older individual bashing teens as an easy scapegoat. However, I turned 19 last week; I graduated from Amador less than a year ago. I speak of my own generation. Surely not everyone gets a car. In fact, it is probably a minority of students that get cars. However, my own experiences still show that teens are notorious speeders, whether or not theyre spoiled. I didn't mean to say everyone at Amador is spolied, but hey, many of them are. If you aren't, good for you; you are probably far more mature than the majority of Pleasanton students.
But to P Ellis, I must say you are quite ignorant. Here's 222 pages to prove you wrong (straight from the Dept of Transportation, since you don't trust me): Web Link . Unsafe drivers are distributed completely UNequally, and heres countless data to prove so. Also, I got my driver's license less than 2 years ago buddy; the first thing they tell you in driver's ed these days is how teens are disproportionately involved in accidents and traffic violations. All of this is called evidence. I am a teen criticizing teens, with evidence in hand. Where's yours?

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Posted by Janice
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 6, 2007 at 6:08 pm

You rock Santiago! Run for office one day and I'll vote for you.

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Posted by Becky
a resident of Del Prado
on Apr 16, 2007 at 1:30 pm

What about Hansen Dr? I'm proposing speed bump.

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Posted by Jared
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Apr 22, 2007 at 8:42 pm

I live on Bordeaux and I have to say. Those "slow" down signs and signs asking us to watch out "Children at Play" are insulting! I know what the speed limit is and I know how to drive.

The thing people are missing here is if you choose to have children, then they are YOUR responsibility..not mine. You should be watching your children at ALL times and ensuring they are NOT running out in to the streets.

The nerve of you people trying to pass the buck on your neighbors.

If you breeders want to breed then take some responsibility for your offspring.

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Posted by Pat
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on May 1, 2007 at 2:43 pm

Speeding is a problem in Pleasanton. Have you ever tried to get out onto Valley from one of the side streets? It's like a freeway of fast and solid traffic. There are four schools within one mile of Valley and Santa Rita ... and SEVERAL children have been HIT by cars!

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on May 1, 2007 at 5:37 pm

1) Where are the police?
2) Drivers are selfish. They would never speed past their own house.

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Posted by Jessica
a resident of Ruby Hill
on May 1, 2007 at 10:41 pm

OMG i know!!! like my bff's and I were driving almost like 70 down foothill this one time, and then matt from the football team passed us up at like 90 mph. I was like how rude.

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Posted by jh
a resident of Las Positas
on May 9, 2007 at 8:56 am

Hi Jarek
you sound like someone who is whole lotta of fun to be around
One day those kids are going to be the only reason you had bread on your table and a roof over your head
Think about it

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Posted by Josh
a resident of Birdland
on May 14, 2007 at 6:51 pm

i like to drive fast

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Posted by Paulette
a resident of Val Vista
on Feb 6, 2011 at 12:52 pm

I wish that the city would lower the speed limit in courts to 10 or 15 MPH so that children, dogs, and people can hang out in front of their houses on nice days and enjoy each other. These people who speed just are people who probably spend all day on the computer and don't care about having a life in their front yard.

When I was growing up, people didn't speed like they do now in residential areas because more people were outside. But, I think, in a way, the cars and speeding drivers have bullied people into hiding in their backyards and houses these days. It's too bad. It's nice to be out front and see your neighbors and have their dogs play with your dogs and kids playing. That's why alot of us live in courts. We like that. But, then, you have people who fly down the court and screech to a halt at the end and then claim they are going the speed limit - when, in this situation, with children playing and animals out, etc, it makes more sense to go slower. What kind of time are you saving here? Seconds? We're talking about a few seconds that you bought by going fast. But, just look at the lower quality of life we all must endure because drivers are given so much leeway. The car is king! It's just really too bad that people are driven inside because people think they have to drive really fast in neighborhoods.

Yes. You have a right to speed like that; but, you do it by taking away my desires to enjoy our front yard and our neighbors. We've all sacrificed having an enjoyable front yard experience for the sake of those who want to slice a few seconds off their transortation time. And, I'm sure they will argue that it was worth it.

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Posted by noloosedogs
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 6, 2011 at 3:09 pm


I'm not defending the speeders at all and most of yor post is very valid but you reference dogs and imply that they are 'loose' in the courts/cul-de-sacs. Two wrongs don't make a right but if a speeder hits your loose dog that's on you. You don't specifically say the dogs are loose, but if they weren't then you wouldn't need to worry about them. There's some benefits to living on a court but breaking the leash laws is not one of them.

I'm a dog owner and accept responsibility for my animals, which means keeping them leashed/under physical control at all times in public places (per the law).

Your point was 100% dead on except where you referenced dogs.