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Extra Albany Police on the Roads Jan 14 and 28

Special traffic enforcement efforts will focus on speeders, stop sign violations, distrated drivers.

Heads up, Albany drivers — the Albany Police Department has two days of special traffic enforcement coming up, according to an APD press release.

On Monday, Jan. 14, extra officers will be assigned to watch for speeders, red light and stop sign violations, and seat belt and child safety seat violations.

Two weeks later, on Monday, Jan. 28, extra officers will watch for distracted drivers who are not using hands-free cell phones or are texting while driving.

Both programs are being funded through a 

$29,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on the roadways through special enforcement and public awareness efforts.  

Dawn January 11, 2013 at 10:32 PM
The new configuration is awful! Don't even try to go down Santa Fe near school drop off time. It has been thinned down to one lane, so if you're trying to go straight, you will be stuck behind people trying to turn left AND right while waiting for the pedestrians to finish. Sometimes, only one car can get through before the light changes. I have seen cars stuck in the cross walk after the light changes. I have seen cars trying to go around the left turners and drive up on the sidewalk that now juts out. We were promised a pedestrian light that starts 5 seconds earlier in order to help with the traffic, but that never happened.
Bart Grossman January 11, 2013 at 11:13 PM
Since we are talking traffic I would like to point out that the timing of the traffic signals on San Pablo is absurd. A person with any sort of disability or even a slow walker cannot make it across the street before the light changes. The wait for the turn light on San Pablo and Solano is ridiculous and then the light lasts long enough for two or three cars at most. I know our traffic planning consultants had their theories but is appears they are not well grounded in reality.
Stephanie Travis January 12, 2013 at 10:48 AM
The police do not need special funding to enforce laws because they are “pretty stupid”. They need funds for extra enforcement because our police department, like every other department in the country, does not have a budget large enough to see that all laws are enforced. If you think, “this level of enforcement is what we should expect and be receiving ALL the time,” then convince tax payers to fork over the funds to pay for this type of enforcement. Using the numbers provided by the State, that would mean continuous enforcement of only the traffic laws listed by the State in this grant would cost Albany about $5 million annually. Raising the profile of bad driving habits by public relation efforts, like those made possible by this grant money, is an excellent idea. It is efforts like these that have made once acceptable behavior, like driving when drunk, no longer acceptable in the eyes of the public, or the law. This afternoon I came home to find police officers on my block because they had just given chase and caught an alleged burglar who had broken into a house four doors down from my home. Those officers looked anything but stupid to me. In fact, I think causally referring to an entire group of people, who have sworn to put their lives on the line to protect the lives and property of the public, as “pretty stupid”, is the type of language that might appear on the kindergarten playground but not in a discussion among literate adults.
Kathryn Javandel January 13, 2013 at 06:55 AM
I think the Albany Police Dept. "admitting" - aka notifying Albany residents and the general public, whom they protect and serve - how they will be using their $29,000 traffic safety grant to improve traffic safety in Albany, is the opposite of "stupid." There are certain traffic issues (speeding, failure to yield to pedestrians, etc.) that Albany residents repeatedly complain about. I applaud the police dept.'s 1) taking the complaints seriously, 2) taking active measures to address these concerns including obtaining the $29,000 traffic safety grant, and further, 3) letting everyone know what is being done to address these concerns. It is the "smart" thing to do. What would be "stupid" is if the police ignored the problems and/or didn't bother to let people know what was being done to improve the situation. Obviously, adding extra traffic enforcement officers will cost more money. I'm delighted that our clever, hard-working city staff found a funding source other than our city's general fund. Nothing "stupid" about it.
Denise Sorensen January 13, 2013 at 11:09 PM
amen Stephanie and as a person who walks daily, I appreciate any help with the lousy drivers out there! Do they still teach to stop before the crosswalk or in it?

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