Parents want action on Torrington Street

A group of 15 Del Mar Pines School parents came before the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board last week to ask for help with what they say is an accident waiting to happen on Torrington Street.

Torrington Street, off Del Mar Heights Road, is home to the 150-student private school Del Mar Pines and also serves as the back exit for Torrey Pines High School.

Parent Dana Fudurich said students and parents speeding down Torrington at lunch and after school have created a dangerous situation for everyone.

“It’s a frightening experience,” Fudurich said. “It’s only a matter of time before someone is injured.”

The situation on Torrington came to a head in October, when Torrey Pines parent Bernie Feldman was forced off the road by teenagers racing their cars toward him on the two-lane street.

Several Del Mar Pines parents were waiting on the sidewalk and witnessed the incident. They formed a group called MARD (Mothers Against Reckless Drivers) and began taking video and photographs of speeders.

Traffic calming measures

Parents are asking the city to look into traffic calming measures, such as making the exit at Torrey Pines’ back parking lot a right turn only, increasing signage or additing speed bumps.

There are also no crosswalks on the entire street, despite its proximity to two schools.

A traffic study completed last month concluded that no action was needed but Fudurich said the results should not be trusted because the study was done on Dec. 19, when both schools were out for the holidays.

Planning board members were itching to discuss the issue, but board Chairman Frisco White said all debate should be saved until their Feb. 10 meeting, when the item will be on the action agenda. Next month’s meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Carmel Valley Library.

Negative responses

Fudurich said she has been surprised by the negative feedback she has heard in response to their concerns. Some have debated that it’s Del Mar Pines’ fault because the school’s founder was encouraged years ago to place the school’s entrance on Del Mar Heights Road.

Others, like board member Rick Newman, questioned how traffic could still be a problem if Del Mar Pines’ dismissal is 30 minutes after the rush of Torrey Pines’ students exiting campus for the day at 2:30 p.m.

Fudurich invited the board to come stand outside the school when it lets out.

“Seeing is believing on this issue,” she said.

Next planning board meeting:

  • Feb. 10, 7 p.m.
  • Carmel Valley Library