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Elk Grove PD Cracking Down on Driver Texting and Handheld Cell Use

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  • #172792

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    Press Release dated 11/29/2012

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    I saw a lady so busy on her cell, she didn’t see EGPD sneaking up behind her, then he had to pull up next to her, she still didn’t see him..He finally got her attention pulled her over..She was a classic example of being distracted!

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    I’ve pulled up next to them, then had them argue with me while still on the phone. Then get mad when they don’t just get a warning.

    I’m glad to see this type of proactive enforcement. Good for you, EGPD.

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    Obviously its a good thing to get distracted drivers off the road, but why does it take a special federal funded program. Just write them tickets…

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    Just write them tickets. If it were that simple, we would have no traffic issues.

    NHTSA, through OTS, determines through statistics and studies assorted violations causing collisions and injury. They fund special programs for directed enforcement to combat these violations. Local and state agencies that are responsible for enforcing vehicle code violations are also responsible for enforcing other violations of the law. Directed enforcement has associated costs for implementation and salary for those officers writing tickets. Federal funds are necessary for successful directed enforcement efforts. This is the abbreviated version of why it takes special federal funded programs to help get distracted drivers off the road. Does this help?

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    I think cops should spend more time chasing real criminals! πŸ˜‰

    This is about the time SEA loses her mind.

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    @CJay916 70186 wrote:

    Obviously its a good thing to get distracted drivers off the road, but why does it take a special federal funded program. Just write them tickets…

    It depends on how many they need to write to reach their quota and get that toaster. :taser

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    I think SEA already got her toaster. Now she probably working on her tax payer paid vacation to Hawaii. πŸ˜‰

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    The 20 year Hawaiian vacation? 8)

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    @sea 70188 wrote:

    Just write them tickets. If it were that simple, we would have no traffic issues.

    NHTSA, through OTS, determines through statistics and studies assorted violations causing collisions and injury. They fund special programs for directed enforcement to combat these violations. Local and state agencies that are responsible for enforcing vehicle code violations are also responsible for enforcing other violations of the law. Directed enforcement has associated costs for implementation and salary for those officers writing tickets. Federal funds are necessary for successful directed enforcement efforts. This is the abbreviated version of why it takes special federal funded programs to help get distracted drivers off the road. Does this help?

    Yes, basically these funds are for specific officers to look for and ticket people on phones. Your explanation makes more sense.

    Is this a new effort? Has it worked in the past? Seems to me that these funds could be used more efficiently then only the 10 days of strongly enforcing a specific law. I would think that this would only affect the people who were ticketed and would this change the behavior? Just a thought. But if it saves accidents and lives, maybe anything is worth it…

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    Yes, directed enforcement details have proven to be effective in the past. Not a new concept at all, click it or ticket, DUI checkpoints, etc. are all directed enforcement. Most of these details are federally funded through NHTSA, the agency ultimately responsible for traffic safety. Great programs.

    P.S. I would be swimming in toasters if we actually had quotas! Like I said before, there’s no quota, I can write as many as I want!!! πŸ˜‰

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    OK, should ANYONE do this? Because I read this morning about a Deputy that was looking at the computer in his unit while driving and was going 107 mph and crashed..I want to say it was head on. None of us are superman/superwoman and our full attention should be on the road and the drivers around us

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    @sisterwoman 70335 wrote:

    OK, should ANYONE do this? Because I read this morning about a Deputy that was looking at the computer in his unit while driving and was going 107 mph and crashed..I want to say it was head on. None of us are superman/superwoman and our full attention should be on the road and the drivers around us

    Yes, Officers are except while on duty and conducting business. I can’t say I haven’t looked at my computer while driving fast, I have. We aren’t excused when something bad happens. I think we are punished more severely if anything.

    We can’t keep our full attention on driving while on patrol. If we did, we’d never see and catch any bad guys. There’s a balance and a lot of training. It’s not a perfect system and has flaws. Unless you can pay for double units, one can run the radio/computer/phone/lights/siren and one can just drive. In a perfect world……

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    The point I was reaching for is that no matter the training, things have a way of happening to every one and the accident I pointed out was to spotlight my belief

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    Cops are better trained to multi task. eye rolling

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    Heads up displays for cop cars. Needs to happen.

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    @tomwaltman 70401 wrote:

    Heads up displays for cop cars. Needs to happen.

    Based on the number of cops who get busted for DUI’s and breaking laws, I don’t think they should get special exemptions. And we all know if they get pulled over by another cop there is a good chance they will be let off, or escorted home. That is really BS. People that know better that have witnessed first hand the impacts these things have on people’s lives should be held to a higher standard. If someone is going to say well they have training that allows them to be able to drive and use a phone or a computer, then you can’t say they are human and make mistakes because you are saying they are better than they average person in one case and just human in another.

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    @EGL Admin 70410 wrote:

    Based on the number of cops who get busted for DUI’s and breaking laws, I don’t think they should get special exemptions. And we all know if they get pulled over by another cop there is a good chance they will be let off, or escorted home. That is really BS. People that know better that have witnessed first hand the impacts these things have on people’s lives should be held to a higher standard. If someone is going to say well they have training that allows them to be able to drive and use a phone or a computer, then you can’t say they are human and make mistakes because you are saying they are better than they average person in one case and just human in another.

    I think SEA was referring to special exemptions for phone usage. They do have training that allows them to be able to drive and use a phone or a computer… They are better than the average person in that respect.

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    True some may be better. Some regular people might be better than others too at doing it. Distracted driving though is distracted driving. I know cops have to do it as part of the job and I’m fine with that. I just don’t believe they are super human and able to do it without risk.

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    Thank you EGL Admin!!! That was exactly what I was grasping for…”distracted driving though is distracted driving”…to me no amount of training makes anyone better capable of handling anything. Lets not surround ourselves with a false sense of understanding…human beings are nor super human and things do have a way of happening to anyone

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    I think it’s possible that some people are better able to handle distractions. I just don’t think it’s 100% of course.

    Do cops get a ticket for a rolling stop on red light right turn?

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