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Re: Help stop stunts along Middle Avenue

From: domainremoved <Catherine>
Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2019 18:48:11 -0800

Thanks for the clarification. I have copied your response to Nextdoor as
requested so that people are informed. Clearly, as a cyclist, I would be
hard-pressed to be able to get to my phone out of my bicycle bag,
particularly as I was very shaken. Since a large number of drivers are
using their cell phones, I would expect that they are in a much better
position to report.

I will send my request for traffic enforcement to the link you provided.

Regards,

Catherine McMIllan

On Tue, Jan 22, 2019 at 11:08 AM Bertini, David C <dcbertini_at_(domainremoved)
wrote:

> Good morning Ms. McMillan.
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> I am in receipt of your email regarding a traffic complaint posted on
> “Nextdoor.” Unfortunately you are mistaken in that we are *not* able to
> access information being posted by different neighborhoods on Nextdoor. In
> this specific case we are not able to view the video you referenced nor
> take any action.
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> In the future, if you or your neighbors are witnessing reckless driving,
> please call the police department *immediately* at 650.330.6300. If the
> driving is endangering life or property you may also call 911 to report the
> emergency. In either case, please give vehicle descriptions and license
> plates (if possible) to the dispatcher so that officers can be sent to the
> area in an effort to take enforcement action. It is very difficult (and
> many times not legally possible) to investigate traffic violations after
> the fact when we are provided with video or complaints as many of these
> violations are infractions which limits our ability to take any police
> action at all.
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> Also, for routine requests for traffic enforcement, please visit our
> website which has a specific traffic unit page:
> https://www.menlopark.org/345/Traffic-unit
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> I would be grateful if you could advise your fellow neighbors and users of
> Nextdoor of the above information. I am sure if must be frustrating for
> them to be under the mistaken impression that the police department is
> monitoring posts but doing nothing.
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> If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact
> me.
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> Regards,
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> * Dave Bertini*
> Police Chief
> Police Department
> 701 Laurel St.
> tel 650-330-6321
> menlopark.org <http://www.menlopark.org/>
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> *From:* Catherine McMillan [mailto:gregandcat_at_(domainremoved)
> *Sent:* Friday, January 18, 2019 9:07 PM
> *To:* Bertini, David C <dcbertini_at_(domainremoved)
> *Cc:* _CCIN <councilmail_at_(domainremoved)
> gregandcat_at_(domainremoved)
> *Subject:* Help stop stunts along Middle Avenue
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> Dear Chief Bertini,
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> I read Ray Mueller's lovely interview in InMenlo, highlighting your
> qualities as a committed community man, so I thought you might care about
> this incident. A few days ago, I witnessed a horrifying situation which I
> described on Nextdoor in hopes it would elicit camera footage to apprehend
> the offender. I limited the outreach because I avoid spamming people, but
> limiting it may have had the unintended consequence of eliminating
> witnesses.
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> I posted this on Nextdoor, in the Crime and Safety area, as I was told
> that the police department is reading the posts. I invite you to read them:
> https://nextdoor.com/news_feed/?post=100743234&comment=229005534&lc=1023&ct=LWla6OZc16_tXy51PCOjEnGabGcWoNwKFjoJviYvdAy5QIzFWJGwG3wIgd9bSguM&ec=CUuITXfgC4y3JTZ2xRbYqsCEDVfj1pLaDEEEO8rW-uw%3D
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> There is corroborating eye-witness testimony of what I described but no
> photos or video footage. However, many people have similar stories, along
> that same corridor, and there seems to be people that neighbors have
> reported. People have private-messaged photos of offending cars; they
> may/may not be the right one in this case. Several people have reported
> high-school aged drivers driving to school down Middle (the time was 8:20
> am on a Tuesday, coincidentally) Would you consider having an officer
> posted between Cotton and San Mateo Drive _at_(domainremoved)
> day, for a relevant half-hour, to witness those incredibly dangerous
> stunts? Obviously if the offender is a student, the bell schedule is
> relevant, as is the day.
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> I am not advocating driving at 15mph, installing all kinds of expensive
> traffic impediments: Would a double yellow line down the main arteries
> suffice (in most cases?)
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> If the offender doesn't kill or maim anyone on Middle, he/she will move on
> to drive recklessly on other streets. Lives are at stake.
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> Thank you!
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> Catherine McMillan
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> 680 San Mateo Drive
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Received on Tue Jan 22 2019 - 18:44:59 PST

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