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October 9, 2003 | Claire Luna and Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writers
The seven-minute walk home from school is usually uneventful for Pierpont Elementary School second-grader Connor Mazzola. But Wednesday was different. Six uniformed officers from the Ventura Police Department, along with two police cadets, were on hand as noisy throngs of children spilled out of the Ventura school and scampered across busy Pierpont Boulevard. The cadets, as usual, were working as crossing guards at the intersection at Bedford Court.
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October 27, 2004 | Ralph Vartabedian, Times Staff Writer
In the three presidential debates between President Bush and Sen. John F. Kerry, at least one national tragedy failed to merit a mention: highway safety. Since President Bush took office in 2001, more than 170,000 Americans have died in motor vehicle crashes, roughly the same rate as during the Clinton administration. Still, the carnage on highways is not a political issue, not an issue of any type that causes a national uproar.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2002 | DAN WEIKEL and JERRY HICKS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
It's 8:15 a.m. Wednesday in front of Golden Hill Elementary School in Fullerton. As cars pull up to a yellow loading zone, a boy races into the street after a basketball. Other children cross Barris Avenue outside the crosswalk or play tag on the sidewalk near arriving automobiles. There are no crossing guards or school staff members on duty to supervise. Some parents make U-turns in front of the campus while others unload their children from the driver's side into the middle of the street.
NEWS
May 4, 1991 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A judge ordered the acquittal Friday of a Nicaraguan immigrant charged with killing his 3-year-old daughter in a car crash because she had not been strapped in a car seat. The sudden ruling ended a day-old criminal trial that had focused national attention on the issue of parental responsibility. In ordering Ramiro de Jesus Rodriguez, 30, cleared of vehicular homicide charges even before the case reached the jury, Dade Circuit Judge Sidney B.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1999 | NANCY TREJOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A computer screen in a high-security area four floors down in the bowels of City Hall East shows a flashing red box on a map of downtown Los Angeles. The designated spot is the intersection of Adams Boulevard and Broadway, and the flashing light warns that the congestion there is severe. The solution, says the engineer, is to increase the green light time on Adams Boulevard. A few minutes later, the flashing red turns to green. Problem solved.
NEWS
July 19, 2000 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal highway safety regulators, in their first official warning about the pitfalls of a wireless society, recommended Tuesday that drivers refrain from talking on cell phones, reading e-mail or surfing the Internet. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's concern about mounting driver distraction comes as industry is developing vehicles with even more high-tech gadgets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2003 | Claire Luna, Times Staff Writer
The mile between Porfiria Espinosa's Santa Ana home and her son's school looms like a thousand when she considers the busy thoroughfares that stand between the two. The streets are too foreboding and the distance too great for Espinosa to want to walk 5-year-old Jose to kindergarten every day. She usually drives him to school.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2002 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
The Moorpark City Council has authorized spending more money on a consultant to analyze the safety of truck traffic on California 118. Moorpark hired Parsons Inc. of Pasadena in June to investigate what it would take to persuade the California Department of Transportation to adopt restrictions on the number of big rigs that barrel down the town's main thoroughfare, also known as New Los Angeles Avenue. County transportation officials estimate that about 3,700 trucks travel the road daily.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1992 | MARTIN BRENNER, Dr. Martin Brenner, M.D., is the medical director of CPC Santa Ana Hospital
We're a society in crisis. People are worried, fearful, stressed and insecure. It's crime, drugs, AIDS, health insurance--and traffic. We're mad at doctors, lawyers and, of course, politicians. We're mad at each other--at home, at work and on our freeways. We want leadership, vision, action. We want someone to do something. We call for investment and infrastructure, such as schools and roads to create jobs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2002 | Michelle Munn, Special to the Times
An unusual pedestrian safety program here boasts the kind of civic activism that Berkeley is known for, but it has received less than a banner response from residents. Last December, the City Council bought 3,000 6-by-8-inch flags and installed them, a few at a time, in canisters at four busy intersections. Council members hoped that, as pedestrians prepared to cross the street, they would pick up a flag and wave it to alert approaching drivers.
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