Public safety first priority

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Matt Borenzweig in last week’s Public Forum presented an eloquent tribute on behalf of 13-year-old Emily Shane, whose tragic death on Pacific Coast Highway has galvanized this community to hopefully take action to insure a safer highway.

We absolutely need the CHP back in Malibu, along with those guardian rails that Caltrans years ago removed in several areas, including at Zuma Beach, and after much urging replaced with plastic candlesticks which at least serve as a deterrent to wayward drivers. There are so many other dangerous stretches that need barrier dividers, especially with summer right around the corner which we all know brings hordes of drivers hoping to snag those coveted parking spots on “the other side” of PCH with those terrorizing and illegal U-turns all too commonplace. Along with suggestions to change the name of Heathercliff Road to “Emily Rose Lane,” how about a billboard showing this angelic smiling little girl and the words, “In Memory of Emily Rose Shane and all who have lost their lives on PCH-please slow down.”

There’s no point living in paradise if we can’t drive through it safely. The first priority of this new city council should be PCH safety.

Lori Gray