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Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by ronduke, Mar 8, 2010.

  1. ronduke

    ronduke

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    50 motorists cited for failing to yield to deputy dressed as leprechaun
    MORENO VALLEY - About 50 motorists were cited today for failing to yield to a deputy dressed as a leprechaun on several Moreno Valley crosswalks as part of a decoy program, a sheriff's sergeant said.

    The Moreno Valley Traffic Team conducted the pedestrian decoy program from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Sunnymead Ranch Parkway and Old Country Road, and at John F. Kennedy Drive and La Brisas Way, said Sgt. Don Goodrich.

    Both crosswalks are near schools, and heavily used by students, according to the sergeant.

    A deputy, who dressed as a leprechaun in bright green clothes, crossed the crosswalk while children were present, Goodrich said.

    Many of the motorists who were stopped said they never saw anyone in the crosswalk, even though the deputy was in costume, according to Goodrich.

    In addition to the citations, seven vehicles were impounded because the drivers were unlicensed, the sergeant said.
    http://www.myvalleynews.com/story/45690/
     
  2. lawman800

    lawman800 Juris Glocktor

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    Riverside has a severe budget crisis with multiple furlough days... but this is important... this is important.
     

  3. ronduke

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    (Be sure to go to the link and look at the picture)
    Sting like a bunny

    Police used an officer dressed for Easter to remind drivers to stop.
    By Veronica Rocha
    Published: Last Updated Thursday, April 1, 2010 5:43 PM PDT
    CENTRAL GLENDALE — The large furry rabbit walking between Central and Garfield avenues Wednesday was no hallucination, especially for drivers who failed to yield.

    For an hour and a half, Glendale Police Officer Tom Broadway donned the eye-catching costume during an enforcement sting aimed at educating motorists to yield for pedestrians walking along unmarked crosswalks.

    Police cited 24 motorists on suspicion of failing to yield to Broadway as he walked across Central.

    “One of the violators said he was confused by it,” Sgt. Dennis Smith said. “He said he hopped in front of him.”

    Police said the sting was about more than just enforcement, with officers also taking time to educate motorists.

    “We are not here to create violations,” Lt. Gary Montecuollo said. “Quite frankly, we would be happy if everybody stopped. The idea is to generate a knowledge of safety for the pedestrian.”

    Most of the officers participating in the operation were wearing their uniforms, except Broadway. Officers were also waiting on their motorcycles along Central.

    “The bottom line is that we want to make people safe, and if by giving them a ticket that reinforces the need to be safe, then ultimately we have accomplished the objective to try to keep our pedestrians and our city safe,” Montecuollo said.

    But the operation infuriated Councilman John Drayman, who said he learned of the sting only after it had taken place.

    Calling the enforcement sting a “stupid traffic stunt” that was “breathtakingly dangerous,” Drayman said city resources would have been more appropriately used to clamp down on speeding motorists — an issue that prompts daily complaints from the public.

    “The police may be experts in public safety, but they don’t have a padlock on common sense,” he said. “This is not law enforcement, this is taking public safety personnel, dressing them as bunny rabbits to confuse, disorient and shock drivers and then cite them with traffic tickets.”

    Drayman added that he planned to raise the issue at the next City Council meeting.

    Political fallout notwithstanding, police officials said they decided to seize the holiday moment and use a rabbit costume. The bunny suit also cuts down on the ability of drivers to claim they didn’t see the decoy, they said.

    “The reason that we set it in a bunny suit is that’s clearly an obvious, different and unique pedestrian that would be walking across the street,” Montecuollo said.

    Police conducted a similar sting with a rabbit suit about five years ago, he said. Los Angeles police have used Santa Claus costumes.

    They chose Central for the sting because there were seven pedestrian-involved collisions last year on the same stretch of road, police said. So far this year, there have been five, police said.

    During the sting, orange cones were set out on the roadway 164 feet from the unmarked crosswalk to given motorists ample time to stop for Broadway, Smith said.

    “The bunny will not start crossing unless the car is beyond those cones, and that gives them enough time to see the pedestrian and gives them enough stopping distance,” he said.

    Most motorists during the sting stopped when they saw Broadway crossing the street, Smith said. But a few drove by the officer, some almost hitting him.

    While seeing a man dressed in a rabbit suit may have been entertaining for some people, the meaning was far more serious for Central business owner Vik Izekelian, whose German shepherd, Kasey, was injured by a hit-and-run driver.

    Izekelian generally walks his dog every morning before opening his shop, Central Automotive and Electric. But his dog jumped in front of him one day at Central and Garfield and was hit.

    “If I was a little bit ahead, I would have been hit,” he said.

    After his dog was hit, he grabbed it, jumped in his car, tracked down the motorist and called police.

    The police sting operation, he said, may help save people’s lives.

    http://www.glendalenewspress.com/articles/2010/04/01/publicsafety/gnp-sting040110.txt
     
  4. Hack

    Hack Crazy CO Gold Member

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    Hmm...nah! I cannot bring myself to do it.
     
  5. steveksux

    steveksux Massive Member

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    Good on them.. Hey, the motorists would have stopped if it was a uniformed cop walking. No point, no lessons learned. "Oh, I have to stop to let a cop go by". Not the lesson they need to learn. You have to stop for anyone walking in the crosswalk.

    You have to get them to act as they normally do if you're going to catch them. This is no different than hiding by an overpass with a radar gun to catch speeders. He was hiding behind the costume.

    People who would be such dicks that they can't slow down and stop a moment for pedestrians in the roadway deserve what they get.

    Randy
     
  6. razdog76

    razdog76 Heavy Mettle

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    There is always "one," in each department that will.

    Hack, I'm sure you have at least one trusty that will do "anything.":whistling:
     
  7. Hack

    Hack Crazy CO Gold Member

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    No. Not lately. I work in two spots now with not as much contact with "those". Seniority hath its privileges.
     
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    "educating motorists to yield for pedestrians walking along unmarked crosswalks."

    Unmarked? Ummm, ok... How is it a crosswalk if it's unmarked? non-signed crosswalk maybe?

    I find people usually stop for peds in marked/painted ones "fairly" well. Unmarked, well, that just seems like a bit of a surprise for drivers.

    "Geee, wonder what these cones are for?.... Holy jeez a giant %$&*%$ rabbit!!!!....Screeeeetch..."

    Now, if there were "rabbit crossing" signs, we have a whole different ballgame....
     
  9. AngryBassets

    AngryBassets Jagenden Übel

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    I really don't have a problem with this type of stuff. If anything, one day of enforcement = alot of publicity = safer pedestrians.
     
  10. steveksux

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    Not without its negative side effects though...

    Another wacker got caught impersonating an officer the other day....

    [​IMG]

    Randy
     
  11. jpa

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    I'm not a big fan of the yielding to pedestrian no matter what laws. There are a lot of areas of town here where there is no crosswalk, poor lighting and a 45mph speed limit. So if you're cruising along and some idiot walks out in front of you expecting you to stop and you cream them, you're at fault. I have a problem with that...