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Old 07-25-2011, 11:00 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Default "Complete Streets" in wake of Nelson tragedy

Not sure if you guys heard this story out of Georgia:
Transportation For America Prosecuting the victim, absolving the perpetrators

In a nutshell, a m Along the way one child was hit by a drunk driver who was partially blind (history of drunk driving) and died at the scene in a hit and run. The mother and one child also suffered minor injuries. om crossed a 5 line street with 3 kids in tow (after leaving the bus shelter). The nearest crosswalk is .3 mi away from the bus shelter. The final destination is directly across the street.


The sentence:
Driver: 6 months in jail, 5 years probation
Mom: facing 3 years in prision for vehicular manslaughter


Obviously this is a tragic situation, and the mother has been punished enough with the loss of her child. There are lots of issues here: race, class, transit, and the concept of complete streets.

How can planners make sure the streets adapt to the new uses as a neighborhood grows and changes?
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Old 07-29-2011, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Searching n Atlanta
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This is so sad. I pray for the young lady and her two kids that are still alive. I've actually rode that bus many times and can say that road Austell Road in Cobb County GA is dangerous. The sidewalks are crumbling or non-existent in many places and alof of important ammenities are located on that street, Walmart, Major Hospital, other Shopping and schools. Very Sprawled and Suburban in Nature.

If I was in the GA legislature I would make it a Felony to hit someone within 10 Feet of a Transit stop not located withing a tenth of a mile of proper predestian crossing area.

I would also make a law where predestian would have to cross within 10 Feet of a Transit stop or face a steep penalty maybe $250 each time with one year probation and if continually getting caught one year in Jail
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Old 07-30-2011, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Update: she is headed for a retrial with 12 months of probation. Ridiculous!

Mom granted new trial in death of son struck by driver - CNN
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Old 08-01-2011, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Far from where I'd like to be
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I agree the bus stop should be at the traffic signal. I see it all the time around here: The bus stops are placed closer to the logical destination than to a safe crossing -- if there is a safe crossing at all. I drive by a nursing home every morning; people using the inbound bus stop have to cross four lanes of speeding traffic, and there's no crosswalk, nor is there an intersection or sidewalks nearby.

However, it's the failure of the justice system and of common sense that really irks me.
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