Smile, speeders: You may make YouTube
LIVERMORE — Concannon Boulevard speeders have more than just police radar guns to worry about: Unhappy neighbors are catching them on video and showing their bad behavior to the world.
It used to be, if there was a neighborhood problem, you had to go to a city council meeting to voice your displeasure or write a letter. Not anymore. Now you can share your disgust with the nation, which some south Livermore residents are doing via the YouTube video- sharing site.
Fed up with speeders, residents are taping lawbreakers on the boulevard between Holmes Street and Highway 84 and posting the footage on YouTube. “It seems like the city doesn’t believe us,” said Steven Page, a south Livermore resident who created the Web page http://www.concannonspeeders.com.
“We want to show them this is a real problem. We want them to see and hear what we see and hear.” Page, who has his own webmaster business, said he came up with the YouTube idea because he knows how video resonates with people.
“It’s a great way to legitimize and display our concerns,” said another neighbor, Brandon Carmo.
“Anyone can say, ‘Hey, there are people speeding down our street.’ But this shows them.”
Page already has a two-minute clip on the site and hopes to have more up soon.
What YouTube viewers get, Page said, are videos of drivers racing well above the posted 35 mph speed limit, with most averaging 60 mph.
Page said he’s seen some hit speeds up to 100 mph and would like more speed enforcement: a stop sign or maybe some speed monitoring signs to help slow traffic.
He said he didn’t set out to “shame” the police into enforcing the speed limit or drivers into slowing down, but he is trying to get people to slow down. “Whatever works,” he said.
Founded in 2005, YouTube has become the most popular free video site on the Web, and not just for entertainment purposes. The site also has categories dedicated to blogs, news and political comments.
YouTube officials wrote in a statement that it is “seeing more and more users share content not just for entertainment value, but also for other practical means.
Video is a very compelling and effective way to deliver a message, particularly creative content that is uniquely tailored to the community.” Someone unlikely to check the site, however, is Livermore police Sgt. John Hurd.
Hurd said his department already fairly regularly works the boulevard and while police receive calls about speeders on Concannon, it is not currently the area of greatest concern.
Hurd said there have been four collisions on that stretch of road since September, compared to 16 during the same time frame at Airway Boulevard and Kitty Hawk.
“We really do try and work the areas of greatest concerns,” Hurd said. “At times, it’s like we’re chasing our own tail, but it’s what we have to do. We only have so many officers we can put out there to enforce the traffic laws.”
Page said he understands police can’t be everywhere at once, but feels something needs to be done. “I’m not blaming the police,” said Page, who has seven other neighbors helping him on the YouTube project. “But, eventually, something has to be done before someone dies.”
Hurd said he hopes the department will soon be able to install radar signs on poles on Concannon Boulevard, which normally helps slow down drivers.
However, don’t expect Hurd to tune into YouTube. “If there’s a serious problem,” Hurd said, “I’m not going to watch YouTube. I’m going to get an officer out there.”
Nevertheless, Hurd said he has no problem with the YouTube project.
“More power to them,” he said. “It’s good to have people involved and people who care.”
Reach Chris Metinko at email@example.com or (510) 763-5418.
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