Letter: Safety measures needed on Portola Road
Original post made on Jul 1, 2008
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on Jul 1, 2008 at 4:46 pm
The letter writers are understandably feeling great sorrow over this tragedy, as many in the community are. But I'm not sure what proactive safety measures could be put in place on Portola Road that would change the outcome of a scenario involving drunk and reckless kids getting behind the wheel of a deadly weapon.
Their fate might have been different had luck been smiling on them -- there are few among us who can't remember at least one incident in our youth where only luck saved us from our stupidity. But stop signs and guard rails wouldn't have made a difference to an alcohol-fueled 19-year-old with the kind of judgment that would compel him to drive 80 mph on an unlit, winding road while drunk.
on Jul 2, 2008 at 6:11 pm
Well written. I agree 100%
on Jul 3, 2008 at 1:14 am
i recently just moved to Portola Valley, although i've been in the neighborhood my whole life. Since kindergarten, i attended ormandale elementary and then moved on to corte madera middle school. I know the driver well, and he knew those roads better than anyone. Portola valley roads are isolated, ridged, and absolutely predictable. Although i do know this, these roads.. even though i drive them every day, make me uncomfortable. Every day i drive by the site wondering how he could have crashed right there.. of all the streets.. the straight one. A lot happened that night and i believe there is a huge factor the authorities are missing. If you wanna make Portola Valley roads safer, you have to eliminate the terrible drivers and enforce more lights along the road. There are lots of stubborn deer... fearless skunks and sometimes foggy nights.. which i may add makes its almost impossible to see.. i live right off Cervantes and i couldn't find my way home because of the headlights reflecting off the fog and no way to see further up the street. think about it people. Just because one kid was drunk and crashed doesn't mean all the other crashes on that road were similar.. focus on the more universal problems with these roads.
It saddens me to think that people are trying to use this sensitive and tragic incident as an example to try to enforce more protection over these streets.. there are worse areas to focus on.
Portola Valley already focuses on issues that don't even compare to other cities.
My friends from redwood city, also whom knew the people in the accident, drove to Portola Valley to visit me as i sulked around the house... drove down cervantes and headed to ormandale, with my sister and me walking next to the car directing them to take my dog to the park. Five minutes later we are harassed by two cop cars, three policemen, because someone called 911 because they felt "uncomfortable" or "terrified" about the car going through the area. Not everyone is rich, and there just happened to be a young black teenager just about 18 in the front seat, who will never go to Portola Valley again because he felt it was a race issue considering that exact car has come down many times before in which the cops were never called.
This is what really saddens me. Pv should focus more on how the community looks as a whole, i'm embarrassed to say i'm from Portola Valley, this is not how the town should be.