Speeders should stop killing ducks, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Ducks are being killed on the stretch of East Cliff Drive between 21st Avenue and 23rd Avenue. There are 'Duck Crossing' signs in place -- donated by Friends of Corcoran Lagoon -- but drivers ignore the signs and speed down the dip at Corcoran Lagoon. The past week, March 8-March 14, 2015, there have been two female ducks hit by cars. This is nesting season and the mallards are searching for nesting sites on both sides of the roadway at Corcoran Lagoon. Ducks are not able to quickly maneuver away from speeding cars. Please, caution drivers to be alert for ducks. Thank you, Georgina Monahan, via email A: Thank you so much for raising this awareness for driving safe around ducks. Street Smarts checked in with the CHP's officer Brad Sadek about traffic laws in regard to striking wildlife. "There is no section in the vehicle code we could site for hitting the ducks, unfortunately," he said. "However, they could be cited for their unsafe speed." Q: At the intersection of Graham Hill and Sims Road there is a dangerous problem because the view of oncoming traffic is blocked by plants, which need to be cut back. Traffic on Sims Road attempting to turn right onto Graham Hill has to pull out into the Graham Hill traffic lane in order to see if there is any oncoming traffic. There is absolutely no way to see a bicyclist, or even a small car, until it is almost too late. Since Graham Hill is now the detour for Highway 9, there are more bicyclists and more traffic than usual. It is an accident waiting to happen. Please, cut back the flowers and other plants so everyone can see each other. Thank you, Mary Beth Champlin, via email A: Thank you for reporting this dangerous issue. I forwarded your concern to county public works. Report future concerns to road dispatch by calling 831-477-3999. Culvert repair work on Hwy 1 Starting Monday, March 23, Granite Construction Co. of Watsonville will perform culvert replacement work for Caltrans along Highway 1 between Davenport Landing and Waddell Creek. From 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Friday, the southbound lane will be closed and delays of up to 10 minutes are expected. The project will cost $218,000 and will be completed by June 1. Motorists are reminded to move over and slow down while driving through highway construction areas. For information about this and other Caltrans projects on the Central Coast, visit http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/road_information.htm.
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