Bread, Milk and Mayhem II

Spurred by deadly crashes involving cars plunging into stores, day care centers and other sites, a California lawmaker has introduced a bill to prod commercial property owners to install special safety barriers.

The measure, if approved, would give California the nation’s first state law encouraging wider use of bollards, a type of barrier already found in front of some stores and sidewalks to block wayward vehicles.

The bill’s author, Assemblyman Bill Quirk, said the hazard was brought to his attention last September after a car struck a day care center in the Sacramento area where his chief of staff, Sean Henschel, has two young sons. There were no serious injuries in that accident.