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RE: Help stop stunts along Middle Avenue

From: Bertini, David C <"Bertini,>
Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2019 19:08:21 +0000

Good morning Ms. McMillan.

I am in receipt of your email regarding a traffic complaint posted on “Nextdoor.” Unfortunately you are mistaken in that we are not able to access information being posted by different neighborhoods on Nextdoor. In this specific case we are not able to view the video you referenced nor take any action.

In the future, if you or your neighbors are witnessing reckless driving, please call the police department immediately at 650.330.6300. If the driving is endangering life or property you may also call 911 to report the emergency. In either case, please give vehicle descriptions and license plates (if possible) to the dispatcher so that officers can be sent to the area in an effort to take enforcement action. It is very difficult (and many times not legally possible) to investigate traffic violations after the fact when we are provided with video or complaints as many of these violations are infractions which limits our ability to take any police action at all.

Also, for routine requests for traffic enforcement, please visit our website which has a specific traffic unit page: https://www.menlopark.org/345/Traffic-unit

I would be grateful if you could advise your fellow neighbors and users of Nextdoor of the above information. I am sure if must be frustrating for them to be under the mistaken impression that the police department is monitoring posts but doing nothing.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.



  Dave Bertini
  Police Chief
  Police Department
  701 Laurel St.
  tel 650-330-6321

From: Catherine McMillan [mailto:gregandcat_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Friday, January 18, 2019 9:07 PM
To: Bertini, David C <dcbertini_at_(domainremoved)
Cc: _CCIN <councilmail_at_(domainremoved) Catherine Ariès-McMillan <gregandcat_at_(domainremoved)
Subject: Help stop stunts along Middle Avenue

Dear Chief Bertini,

I read Ray Mueller's lovely interview in InMenlo, highlighting your qualities as a committed community man, so I thought you might care about this incident. A few days ago, I witnessed a horrifying situation which I described on Nextdoor in hopes it would elicit camera footage to apprehend the offender. I limited the outreach because I avoid spamming people, but limiting it may have had the unintended consequence of eliminating witnesses.

I posted this on Nextdoor, in the Crime and Safety area, as I was told that the police department is reading the posts. I invite you to read them: https://nextdoor.com/news_feed/?post=100743234&comment=229005534&lc=1023&ct=LWla6OZc16_tXy51PCOjEnGabGcWoNwKFjoJviYvdAy5QIzFWJGwG3wIgd9bSguM&ec=CUuITXfgC4y3JTZ2xRbYqsCEDVfj1pLaDEEEO8rW-uw%3D

There is corroborating eye-witness testimony of what I described but no photos or video footage. However, many people have similar stories, along that same corridor, and there seems to be people that neighbors have reported. People have private-messaged photos of offending cars; they may/may not be the right one in this case. Several people have reported high-school aged drivers driving to school down Middle (the time was 8:20 am on a Tuesday, coincidentally) Would you consider having an officer posted between Cotton and San Mateo Drive _at_(domainremoved)

I am not advocating driving at 15mph, installing all kinds of expensive traffic impediments: Would a double yellow line down the main arteries suffice (in most cases?)

If the offender doesn't kill or maim anyone on Middle, he/she will move on to drive recklessly on other streets. Lives are at stake.

Thank you!

Catherine McMillan
680 San Mateo Drive

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Received on Tue Jan 22 2019 - 11:04:57 PST

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