Atherton: The sting on El Camino Real

Atherton police have decoy activate new stoplight

Atherton police had a plain clothes officer repeatedly cross El Camino Real at Almendral Avenue for two hours on Friday morning, Aug. 26, in an attempt to make drivers aware of a new pedestrian-activated stoplight.

The light is dark until a pedestrian or bicyclist pushes a button. It then flashes yellow, goes to steady yellow then steady red followed by a flashing red before going dark again. When the light is flashing red, motorists may proceed after stopping if no one is in the crosswalk.

Officers issued four citations, including a citation for an unlicensed driver and a citation for a $5,000 warrant from the San Jose Police Department, two warning citations, and one verbal warning.


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Posted by really?
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 30, 2016 at 10:53 am

Nice to see a new crosswalk that ends on a dirt shoulder going nowhere put to use. ECR needs a full plan from Caltrans, not this kind of stop-gap nonsense.

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Posted by Stan
a resident of Portola Valley: Los Trancos Woods/Vista Verde
on Aug 30, 2016 at 3:15 pm

How else are they going to pay for the donuts?

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Posted by Jill
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Aug 31, 2016 at 7:21 am

Pretty much a disaster across the board. The crosswalks on ECR are a death trap. People get hurt and caltrans is on the hook for millions. Then these weird flashy things pop up that they expect people to understand even though they only installed one instead of one at every crosswalk across ECR in Atherton.

I'm just thankful there's that crossing guard during the mornings...

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