At the end of last year the nightmare that every parent dreads happened to me. My child seriously hurt himself.
It was one of those freak accidents. One minute he was on my lap in a chair and the next minute he was falling, in what seemed like slow motion, toward a 2-inch marble step that separates my kitchen from the living room. I knew before impact, as my reflexes tried to catch up with my thought process, that it wasn’t going to be a good outcome. And as I quickly picked up my son and ran him toward the freezer for an ice pack it also became clear that I wasn’t going to be able to help him on my own.
As my husband applied pressure to my son’s head to stop the bleeding, I frantically grabbed my phone to dial 911. It took three attempts to do such a simple task because I couldn’t stop my hands from shaking.
Fortunately the local paramedics were much better under pressure. And, more importantly, they arrived in only a matter of minutes.
It was only in the aftermath, once my son had received his six staples and an obligatory helping of ice cream, that I was able to count my lucky stars. Thank god his fall was a short distance. Thank god he has a hard head. Thank god the accident happened at night, outside of rush hour traffic along Diablo Road and Blackhawk Road…
And that, ultimately, made me think about the proposed SummerHill Homes development for Magee Ranch. One of the many concerns that the local community group Save Our Creek has with regard to this development is road safety. Specifically the safety of drivers and cyclists along this stretch of road, as well as delayed emergency response times during commute hours. Anyone who has ever traveled along the Diablo Road corridor between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. knows only too well how bad the current traffic situation can be. Now picture a minimum of another 168 car trips during commute times each day (as suggested by last year’s Weber EIR in relation to the traffic impact of the SummerHill project).
Isn’t it logical to assume that such a development would legitimately impact emergency response times along this country road?