Today: Intense traffic enforcement back in Atherton, Menlo Park


Twenty-two officers from police agencies throughout San Mateo County will conduct a saturated traffic enforcement campaign in Atherton and Menlo Park on Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The program, organized by the San Mateo County Police Chiefs and Sheriff Association, is intended to increase traffic safety and driver awareness in "known trouble spots," according to an announcement by the Atherton Police Department.

A similar enforcement effort was conducted on Sept. 11.

This is the ninth such deployment scheduled to be performed throughout the county in 2015, Atherton police say.

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Posted by Safety First
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Sep 16, 2015 at 12:31 pm

I'm always appreciative of law enforcement when it comes to public safety and awareness. But what does "known trouble spots" mean? Is that a reference to stretches of road that attract speeders? If so, thanks for the support as long as you pull drivers over in a cautious way that doesn't create more danger for through traffic. But if these known trouble spots refer to inadequate road design or lack of signage that encourages "creative driving", maybe occasional enforcement isn't enough. Intersections that continuously create dangerous bottlenecks, merges that are too long or too short, lack of adequate traffic signals, etc. may be made a lot safer if they're reconfigured rather than relying on citations to solve the problems. This is Silicon Valley -- a major corridor for California's economy. Caltrans needs to get involved.

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Posted by Alan
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Sep 16, 2015 at 1:23 pm

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I wonder if this refers to the intersection of Newbridge and Willow Road; police enforcement there is extremely common. There was a very interesting article in Peninsula Press about the police going after people with expired licenses and unpaid tickets, impounding cars. This resulted in a significant drop in traffic accidents in Menlo Park, but it also created hardship for lower income people in Belle Haven. For people to get their car back, the fees were fairly high. Mixed feelings about this; there's no excuse for ignoring the law, but it is coming down on the poor particularly hard. Web Link

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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 16, 2015 at 2:33 pm

Hopefully they hit the local schools and the picup parents

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Posted by A Concerned Citizen
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Sep 16, 2015 at 9:17 pm

I wonder if it's really targeted to increase awareness or income for the city. I was out there today and there were police everywhere.

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Posted by matt
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Sep 17, 2015 at 7:30 pm

"Known trouble spots" is a laugh... "Known revenue spots" is more like it.

People drive maddeningly slowly around here. We live in an idyllic, almost utopian community when it comes to crime, traffic, and societal dangers.

Let's enjoy the sunshine and stop the cheap attempts to fill the coffers.

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 18, 2015 at 6:36 pm

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people don't drive maddeningly slow around here, but they do drive maddeningly stupidly. I spend a large amount of time on the road and can tell you this isn't about "filling coffers." You may not know this, but the vast majority of fine monies go to the state, NOT the local jurisdiction. Local authorities have no reason to cite people to raise money, because it doesn't.

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