Why bother getting potholes fixed? Because they can damage your car, but even worse, they can take a life
In an earlier piece about pothole damages and liability (yes, they can take a life) in which I hopefully gave you some good reasons why you need your city to fix those messy potholes, I skimmed over methods of actually how to report the annoying road hazards.
The fact is, the civic minded citizen is spoiled by an abundant choices of reporting tools. Cities and municipalities have phone lines, fax numbers, online services, and a small handful are creating apps or partnering with third parties to make apps. Not all these tools are easy to use or remember, though, and it’s not likely you have your city’s service request hotline in your address book.
Unfortunately, because reporting the existence of a pothole can be a pain, or just tedious, and since there’s no immediate benefit, we don’t do it. We should though because last year potholes caused over $6.4 billion in damages from causes large and small, and that doesn’t take into account bodily harm.
Police believe speed may be to blame for a Carlsbad car accident that killed one person. It happened Monday night at the intersections of Calle Barcelona and Rancho Santa Fe Road.
Police say a Buick was allegedly speeding when the 33 year-old driver ran a red light, hitting a red Mustang as it prepared to make a left turn. Witnesses at the scene reportedly attempted CPR on the driver of the mustang until the firefighters and paramedics arrived to take over the live-saving procedures. Unfortunately, the man could not be revived and the 20 year-old driver of the mustang died at the scene. Footage of the wreckage from Channel 10 News shows that his Mustang was ripped in half in the accident.
A local police officer was nearly hit by a drunk driver in Carlsbad recently, according to San Diego news outlet KGTV. The woman was eventually taken into custody on suspicion that she intended to hit the officer.
A Border Patrol agent found the driver sitting in her vehicle on the median near Carlsbad Boulevard and Ponto Drive. He contacted local police, who arrived to discover the driver had locked herself in her car. Instead of following the officers’ directions to get out of her car, she began to drive away, pointing her vehicle directly at one of the police officers. The officer had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit by the car.