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July 18, 2012
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Letter to the Editor: Still safety concerns on Hwy 28 on East Shore

The idea of writing this letter is not to rain on anyone’s parade, but to bring to people’s attention that despite the fairly successful use of the East Shore Express, we may still have some safety issues with parking along the stretch of Route 28 from Incline Village to Sand Harbor.

Let me explain. Tuesday of last week, around 2 p.m., I was running some errands in Incline and along the way passed by the East Shore Shuttle station (abandoned elementary school). I noticed that the lot was empty and that the shuttle bus was sitting in the front drive.

Being the curious person that I am, I decided to drive down to Sand Harbor to see how many cars were parked along the section of Route 28 between Incline and Sand Harbor. Every available, legal, spot along the lake side (southbound) route of Route 28 was occupied.

Upon arriving at the scenic view turnout, just before Sand Harbor, I decided to turn around and head back north to Incline. Not more that about a quarter of a mile up the road I encountered an accident in the south bound lane. Yes, the accident had occurred within the few minutes that had transpired since I had driven down the same stretch of road.

I observed one car with a demolished front end and a very agitated person standing in the middle of the road yelling at someone sitting in a car parked on the shoulder of the road. Cars were quickly backing up increasing the chances of another accident.

The legal parking spots along the stretch of Route 28 mentioned in this article are very handy for people to stop, admire the view and take some quick pictures. The scenic turnout located just down the road, however, also offers very similar views, but at a much safer vantage point.

I don’t want to throw the baby out with the bath water, but as long as parking is allowed along this stretch of road we will have the potential for more incidents. It would be a shame to completely abandon the use of these pullover spots, but at the same time we need to consider the safety of all who travel down this road.

Just so everyone knows, this article is not a dig at anyone it is more a public service offering: this is summer at the Lake and everyone is in high gear. I applaud the organizations responsible for acknowledging the parking problem by establishing a shuttle service.

Derrek Aaron

Incline Village

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jul 18, 2012 03:31PM Published Jul 18, 2012 03:31PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.