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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: SJC's Bad Drivers

Author complains of red-light running and intersection blocking all over town. She calls for more vigilant traffic enforcement.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This letter was originally addressed to San Juan Capistrano City Manager Karen Brust.

Dear Ms. Brust:

It is unavoidable that an increase of population and an increase in large construction projects will affect traffic adversely. I realize this and do my best to be patient in congested areas of town.

I am writing you, however, because others apparently are not so patient, and are increasingly ignoring traffic laws. It is now to the point where at every major intersection I encounter, there is ALWAYS someone running a red light.  It's a guaranteed event, so I pause before entering the intersection (as a driver or as a pedestrian) to avoid a collision.

Another increasing problem is drivers blocking intersections: insisting on entering an intersection they cannot clear, thus remaining in the center of the intersection when the light has changed and preventing the cross traffic from moving.

Adding to the free-for-all attitude on the road are more mundane, yet also dangerous and very common, issues such as texting while driving, refusing to yield the right of way and driving in bike lanes.

I understand that budgets are tight and we must carefully allocate our limited law enforcement resources to the most-needed areas. But as our streets are gradually turning to anarchy, I would like to request that traffic enforcement might increase in priority.

Thank you for your attention,

Corinna Henson

rob h September 12, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Make up the signs and THEY will come
V. Duvall September 18, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Corinna, I thought I was the only one suffering from people running red lights at every intersection. I was beginning to think I was imagining it. It's true, I have almost been T-Boned at several intersections also. The city has only 2 Motor Deputies and believe you me, NONE of the other deputies in the cars want to or are willing to enforce traffic violators. They think it's the job of the motors so they don't do it. The City Manager needs to tell the Chief that she wants to have ALL deputies working the streets of San Juan Capistrano do maximum traffic enforcement while out there if they are not on a call. Do this for a while and people will stop blocking the intersections and making illegal u-turns etc. Give out some tickets and see how fast it gets better.
V. Duvall September 18, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Clint, Sam is getting my vote. We need someone with a brain on the Council. Some of those running are missing theirs.
Clint Worthington September 18, 2012 at 10:25 PM
The Republic Central Committee had a different view than yours last night. They did not endorse Sam Allevato after he asked for a vote! Not even with Diane Harkey standing next to him supporting him ! SOCRA did not endorse Sam Allevato either !
melissa kaffen September 25, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Sam forfeit the endorsement when he quintupled water rates. Once upon a time... he actually signed at GOP Pledge to not raise taxes or fees if elected. The Party held him accountable even though Ms. Harkey et al. didn't.

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