I would like to second Cherie Melka's call for increasing the safety at the Main/Adams intersection. I lived on Adams Street for 20 years and crossed Main at Adams frequently. I was nearly hit several times as drivers on Main Street ran the red light or drivers turning from Adams onto Main did not notice me in the crosswalk. I've always wondered why I rarely saw a police officer staked out there … the perfect place to catch drivers running that red light!

So many children cross that street taking for granted that cars see them. I have been amazed that more accidents have not occurred there.

In addition to Cherie’s idea of adding turning lanes to Adams, I would consider an easier option of having Caltrans change the timing of the lights. Either increase the time of the red light on Main to take care of the red-light runners, or stop all vehicular traffic in all directions at the same time to allow all pedestrians going any direction to cross together. Inconvenient for drivers, yes, but even one mishap with a pedestrian is too many!

It’s past time to do something about this hazardous situation! I wish a speedy recovery to the woman who was injured and hope we can mitigate this from happening ever again.

Kellie Carlin

St. Helena

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