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Calls For Action To Improve Pedestrian Safety On Santa Barbara’s Eastside Continue

Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2011 2:25pm

Concerns over speeding traffic on a busy South Coast street where a teenager was recently struck, and killed remain high.

More than 100 residents of Santa Barbara’s Eastside turned out for a meeting with Santa Barbara City, and police officials last night.

Many called for changes to try to slow traffic on Milpas Street, including a stoplight at Milpas, and Ortega Streets.

That’s the area where 15-year-old Sergio Romero was struck, and killed while trying to cross the street last month.

Officials explained that traffic has to meet certain thresholds before a light can be installed, and that a light in the wrong spot can actually contribute to accidents.

But…many residents at the area say the reality is that many vehicles are speeding on Milpas, creating more potential tragedies, and that something needs to be done.

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