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Young man speaks up about dangerous roadway

We've all heard the saying, "See something, say something..." Well, that is just what a young man did in Sacramento County.

Setting an example for everyone, the ninth grade student from Liberty Ranch High School decided to do something about an unsafe section of road that was a potential disaster for pedestrians. A section of Marengo Road contained an "S" curve with a very limited, if any, view while maneuvering around it. Not only did drivers frequent the road, but pedestrian students used it for walking or bicycling.

The road contained no sidewalk and was overgrown with bushes and shrubs on the inside curve. The freshman claimed he had been observing the unsafe section of road for a few years and then began walking it daily himself. The road allegedly contained no speed limit signs or any other signs to warn drivers of pedestrians, such as students or bike riders.

Feeling an extreme urge to so something about the hazard, the freshman approached a trustee, who was on the board of the Galt Joint Union Elementary School District, and who also happened to be his mentor. He was then put in contact with someone from the City of Galt. They met and discussed how to make the road safer.

Since their conversation, the bushes have been trimmed back 10 feet away from the edge of the roadway, and a development project to the tune of $1.5 million is expected to occur next year. Also a $6 million budget has been approved for a "safe routes to school project."

Safety hazards, whether on public or personal property, or on a roadway, are just accidents waiting to happen. Many premises liability cases, as well as personal injury, and even wrongful death cases, have seen their way to courtrooms simply because no one took the time to bring them to someone's attention before they caused a disastrous event to happen.

If you have been the victim of a dangerous property condition, you have a right to be compensated for your injuries or loss. Unfortunately, in some instances, this is the only way hazardous situations are resolved. In the case above, this young man may have saved many lives by speaking up.

Source: Lodi News Sentinel, "Liberty Ranch students lobby Galt City Council to make walking path safer," Nov. 12, 2017

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