Traffic congestion a serious issue in emergencies
My wife and I had some errands to run recently — post office, library, shopping center, etc. As we left the Del Mar Plaza shopping center on Del Mar Heights Road, I couldn’t help but think of two things, First Responder response time and the One Paseo project. You see, it was 3 p.m. and the traffic was backed up west bound on Del Mar Heights Rd. from east of El Camino Real (one block from the both the Fire Station and the Police Station) to I-5. That is over a mile of traffic on a major route of response, stopped. Parked. This was an inconvenience for me [that day]. It could easily mean the difference between life or death in a medical emergency, or success or failure in fighting a fire. And, of course, the longer it takes to respond to a fire, the more likely it is that a civilian or firefighter will be killed or injured.
Now consider, the area where One Paseo is planned is still a dirt lot. Even if the project is approved at the level it is already permitted for we will face a real challenge. If Kilroy is allowed the variance they expect, to double the size of the project, it will be nothing less than a disaster.
Retired Captain of the San Diego Fire Rescue Department