Posted by Christine Dowd, a resident of the Woodside: Mountain Home Road neighborhood, on Aug 15, 2007 at 10:04 am
This incident occured right across the street from me. I see more and more aggression, especially from groups of bikers, on Mounyain Home Road. One biker slammed the back of my car a few weeks ago after cutting me off. Cars speed down Mountain Home Road and God help you If you happen to find yourself in front of one and going the speed limit. I have lived in Woodside for twelve years. I must say people seem to be getting more impatient. Of course, there are more people in general and they tend to overtake our small town roads on weekends. This community is unique in that it is a horse community and rural in nature. These very aspects of Woodside and Portola Valley are what has attracted so many people to these towns in the first place. It's very sad.
Posted by WhyNot, a resident of the Menlo Park: Sharon Heights neighborhood, on Aug 15, 2007 at 9:35 pm
I am not surprised at this kind of road rage. Drivers today are totally insane. Somehow getting behind the wheel of a car turns people into idiotic monsters. What I find incredible is that the pedestrians refused to call 911. I can understand not stepping into the middle of an argument, but calling 911 seems like the least any responsible person could do.
Posted by WhyNot, a resident of the Menlo Park: Sharon Heights neighborhood, on Aug 18, 2007 at 5:14 pm
Tailgating, kicking someeone's car, pushing someone around are all illegal. I don't care how slowly the Acura driver was going, it does not justify this aggression. Burleson should have his driving privileges revoked. We don't need maniacs like this on our roads.
Posted by Bob, a resident of the Woodside: Woodside Heights neighborhood, on Aug 20, 2007 at 10:14 am
Keep in mind that the driver in front DID pull over, so if the problem was being unable to pass it would have been solved. Plus, he was on Sand Hill then Mountain Home Road. That means we're talking about AT MOST 1-2 miles of 2 lane road, large chunks of which are legal passing zones, so again if the problem was a slow driver then passing would have been pretty easy. Plus, isn't the speed limit on Mountain Home 25 anyway?
This was NOT a case of being stuck behind a slow driver for miles and miles of narrow mountain roads where you can't pass. If someone can't handle being behind a slower car from Sand Hill Road to Roberts without getting violent, they're the ones with the problem.
Posted by Bert Tinckley, a resident of the Atherton: Lloyden Park neighborhood, on Oct 29, 2007 at 3:12 pm
I believe the wrong man was arrested in this situation and the police overreacted based on ageist opinions. mr burlson was in the wrong for getting out of his car and loosing his cool, but mr tarp. im sure the woodside sheriffs deputy's would have acted different if the pepper spay victim wasn't wearing the backwards hat and had a barking pitbull in the back of the truck(wich was pepper spayed as well) this nerd was waiting for the day he could pull out his bottle pepper spray out of his FANNY PACK and use it on a juvenile. i truly hope mr burlson has or will take legal action on the woodside sheriffs department and or mr tarp.
Posted by Anne, a resident of the Menlo Park: Fair Oaks neighborhood, on Jul 1, 2009 at 6:06 pm
Driving is just another vehicle (ha, no pun intended) for people's anti-social behavior. Everyone has to share the road whether we like it or not, and having some people act like complete morons and/or psychos is not helpful. When I hear things like this, it's just more proof that humankind is doomed.