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    Published Friday, September 9, 2005, in the San Francisco Examiner Editorial 19th Avenue letdown A measure intended to slow down drivers on busy and deadly
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      Published Friday, September 9, 2005, in the San Francisco Examiner

      Editorial

      19th Avenue letdown

      A measure intended to slow down drivers on busy and deadly 19th Avenue
      was quashed by a veto from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday.

      The north-south street west of Twin Peaks is frequently the site of
      collisions between pedestrians and cars and the subject of complaints
      from neighbors who say it seems less like a city street and more like
      a high-volume freeway.

      Nineteenth Avenue also serves as state Highway 1, yet on both sides it
      is bounded by houses with driveways accessible only from 19th. It
      transects residential areas, neighborhood shopping districts and
      heavily used transit corridors. While the posted speed limit is 35
      mph, drivers frequently greatly exceed that speed. All this combines
      to create a hazardous zone for pedestrians and drivers alike.
      Fourteen people have been killed on 19th Avenue and Park Presidio
      Boulevard in the past five years.

      A bill from Assemblyman Leland Yee would have imposed a double-fine
      zone for speeding and other traffic violations on 19th Avenue south of
      Golden Gate Park and the connected Park Presidio to the north of the
      park. By itself this might not have slowed down drivers intent on
      driving dangerously -- a reason Schwarzenegger cited for rejecting the
      bill. But Yee says the fines would have been only part of a set of
      measures, including greater enforcement and driver education.

      Yee has said he will introduce a similar bill next year, and anyone
      who has to cross 19th Avenue on foot should hope he does. Next time,
      the governor should give greater consideration to the safety of the
      residents who walk and drive along this road.
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