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City must take steps to ensure pedestrian safety

By From page A8 | March 08, 2014

I have lived near the corners of Dahlia Street and Orchid Street in Fairfield since 1971. This is a high traffic area near Fairfield High School and the Public Safety Academy at the former Amy Blanc School. Cars come speeding through the area at all hours of the day and night. Unfortunately, no real street markers, striping or other safety markers exist to direct traffic to slow down.

The few markers that were there in the past are very old and cannot be seen at night. Several of us have been victims of speeders in that area. Two of my vehicles have been damaged as a result of speeding drivers and one was totaled when struck in my driveway.

There was a more serious example of a safety hazard on Feb. 24. I saw a 10- to 12-year-old child on the ground next to a car as I walked outside my home. I don’t know the exact details involved, but I absolutely believe that speed bumps or other safety precautions could have mitigated any accidents in that area.

I urge the City Council to take immediate steps to ensure safety in this area. A speed study, traffic signs, speed bumps or other reasonable steps should be taken ASAP to protect the public. How many children will we need to see injured on the street before the city acts? Act now. Protect our children. Protect the public.

Mike Salmon


Letter to the Editor


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  • CD BrooksMarch 08, 2014 - 6:21 am

    Driving 101:In California, the speed limit in residential/school areas is 25MPH unless posted otherwise. It isn't always safe to drive the speed limit. I spoke with city traffic engineers years ago about traffic bumps and was told that decision is up to the Fire Dept. I believe it's Meadowlark Dr. where you'll find some pretty elaborate efforts at slowing the idi*ts down.This is all moot of course because traffic safety has to be monitored and enforced. Good luck with that.

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  • archieMarch 08, 2014 - 6:42 am

    I agree Mike,,,,,,,,,,, but there is many areas of this town where someone could repeat everything you just said. There just isn't the resources to police all these jack***** driving like lunatics.

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