Classy La Jolla, Class-less Driving

La Jolla resident John Parker says two intersections are responsible for needless rage and out-of-control ego in our town: The intersections of Girard Avenue/Silverado Street (left) and Fay Avenue/Kline Street.  Photos by Susan DeMaggio
La Jolla resident John Parker says two intersections are responsible for needless rage and out-of-control ego in our town: The intersections of Girard Avenue/Silverado Street (left) and Fay Avenue/Kline Street. Photos by Susan DeMaggio
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La Jolla resident John Parker says two intersections are responsible for needless rage and out-of-control ego in our town: The intersections of Girard Avenue/Silverado Street and Fay Avenue/Kline Street.

By John Parker

Being a resident in “The Jewel” of America’s Finest City has its perks. We are blessed with a small-town feel and a larger-than-life reputation. Our town is unequaled in beauty with a world-renowned character of affluence, culture and Southern California lifestyle.

But, in a few places, we fall short. It seems we are unable to drive in a manner that befits our surroundings and follow the laws of the road. As a resident, I have great concern about writing this public address, but I feel compelled to go on the record. We are LOSING our class through our selfish driving habits.

We know that when the tourists are here to visit, parking is a nightmare. Pedestrians don’t even glance before crossing the street, and we are a honk away from a full on fistfight. In my concern I have to ask, why? Why do we feel the need to always assume it’s

our

turn? Why do we think that allowing a pedestrian 8 seconds to cross the street will make us more than 30 seconds late to our destination? As a pedestrian myself, why am I in constant fear of being struck by a Range Rover when I cross the street? Something has got to change.

Two main intersections are responsible for needless rage and out-of-control ego in our town:

Girard Avenue/Silverado Street

and

Fay Avenue/Kline Street

.

For the general safety of our residents and children, may I implore you to follow some simple instructions:

1.

Come to a complete stop at stop signs (law).

2.

Look to your right, if the vehicle to your right even approaches the stop line a second earlier than you, it is THEIR right of way.

3.

Allow and encourage pedestrians to fully cross the street before you commence your route.

4.

Use your blinker and be courteous.

5.

FOR PEDESTRIANS: Stop, look both ways, yield to traffic, then go.

6.

GET OFF YOUR CELLPHONES (law).

We see more concern in the addition of “roundabouts” in Bird Rock. Most California drivers have no experience with roundabouts, but they really are great. They’re like a four-way stop sign, but cars never have to stop.

When you approach a roundabout, there is a “yield” sign. (Note: NOT a “stop” sign.) For the safety of others, follow these simple rules:

  1. If you enter the roundabout and will be changing direction, use your blinker! This will notify other drivers that you intend to change direction instead of going straight 2. DO NOT STOP at a yield sign unless yielding to another driver (this almost causes accidents daily).
  2. Stop at pedestrian crossways if you see blinking lights or standing pedestrians (law).

To fully appreciate and support our community and self, may I suggest always being conscious to be courteous and compassionate. We live in one of the most beautiful places in the world and we are privileged to walk and drive in safe neighborhoods. Let’s keep our city safe by minding the rules of the road, being respectful to other drivers and pedestrians, and remembering that La Jolla is built through the sum of its parts. Be conscious of the blessings we have here and let’s reflect it in the way we interact with each other. •

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