The Danger Zone of South Van Ness

Mission Loc@l By Heather Mack When Mark Morey wanted to know how often people were speeding past his South Van Ness home, he didn’t rely on mere estimates. The 49-year-old Mission resident equipped…

Steven M. Sweat‘s insight:

This stretch of South Van Ness in San Francisco is like many urban intersections throughout California.   High volumes of motor vehicle traffic and pedestrians in a congested space is always trouble if motorist do not comply with California laws.  The two, prinicipal vehicle code sections in play here are as follows:

  1. California Vehicle Code 22350: The so-called “Basic Speed Law” provision requires drivers to travel at a safe speed (no matter what the speed limit is) based upon all roadway conditions.
  2. California Vehicle Code 21950Mandates that drivers of motor vehicles must yield the right of way to pedestrians lawfully within a marked or unmarked crosswalk.

The bottom line is that drivers need to be aware of persons traveling on foot especially in and around busy urban intersections.  Someone’s life may depend upon it!!

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