But instead we installed this idiotic contraption, a crosswalk with flashing lights on the asphalt, which appears to confuse even well-intended drivers. We do not need to see the statistics to know that this contraption has never worked.
It doesn't prevent accidents. It doesn't prevent students from getting run over. It doesn't even facilitate a smooth flow of traffic. Rear-end collisions at this location are commonplace. Near misses, whether between cars or between cars and pedestrians, are accruing.
The pathetic truth of this matter is quite simple — the loss of life at this location was an expected outcome. Laguna Canyon Road is a nothing short of an engineering failure, and this tragedy is only another example of how poorly this road serves its users.
Unless we take responsibility and action, this horrific outcome will be repeated.
Unite to make road safer
Our family is devastated by the tragic death of Laguna College of Art + Design student Nina Fitzpatrick. Our prayers are with her family and the LCAD community coping with this tremendous loss.
Our son, a classmate, witnesses crashes often and continues to face personal hazard in getting to his classes. On our occasional visits to the community, we have found Laguna Canyon Road hazardous to drive and downright frightening as pedestrians.
In our city, we live near a university campus located on a state-governed roadway within city limits. Cars traveled too fast along this road and, for many years, we witnessed countless accidents. Our neighborhood council pleaded with state traffic engineers and elected officials to reduce car speed and improve safety.