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Lodi police cite 52 people Monday for cellphone use while driving

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Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 9:37 am, Tue Dec 4, 2012.

Lodi police cited 52 people during an eight-hour period on Monday for either talking or texting on their cellphone while driving, according to police Sgt. David Griffin.

Thirty-seven law enforcement agencies, including the Lodi and Galt police departments, are having special enforcement days during the holiday season to enforce a state law prohibiting the use of a hand-held cellphone or texting while driving.

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10 comments:

  • Linda Huffman posted at 9:34 pm on Wed, Dec 5, 2012.

    Mee Thinks Posts: 3

    Its about time. I am so tired of seeing people talking on their phones while driving. so many people hold their phone thinking thats ok... the law is HANDS FREE, not EAR Free..... Blue tooth devices are not that expensive but if you don't want to buy one, you can use the speaker function on your phone. When I am driving, my passenger can talk any calls that come in. I hate seeing the driver on the phone and the passenger just sitting there Come on people.... lets be safe and abide by the law instead of being irresponsible just for a few moments of convenience.

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 10:22 am on Wed, Dec 5, 2012.

    advocate Posts: 502

    Ms. Mounce was setup, in my opinion, by then Chief Larry Hansen, as a little revenge for her participation on the Eastside Improvement committee which was demanding answers from city council why the eastside of Lodi was being left behind and the rising gang and drug problem in Lodi. Jackson, you are really naive to think these drivers' license/insurance checkpoints are set up to really snag impaired drivers but to ticket and tow vehicles of those unlicensed/uninsured drivers, mostly eastside minority residents. When LPD releaases the data on these checkpoints and the names and violations of those ticketed or arrested, only then will I beliieve that these traps are nothing more than a money grab by LPD, city of Lodi, tow truck owners, impound lot owners, tow truck drivers and catering trucks that appear to feed those participating in these checkpoints. Almost every Friday night wine, er art hop, downtown and at least 90% of all large events sponsored by private wineries, city of Lodi, DLBP, etc., are always avoided when these checkpoints are set up. And why not check traffic in both directions, which some cities do, or stage them within 6 blocks of the event? Alcohol is an addictive drug and cannot be ignored any longer as being harmless. I've been through the police logs a couple of days after these checkpoints and I find that sometimes the numbers reported in the Sentinel articles don't match the call or arrest records in the published calls report in the Sentinel, with some occurring outside of the checkpoint area and some outside of the 6pm-2am timeline and was wondering if these were also included in those checkpoint numbers. Nowhere online can I find the stats of these checkpoints but have sent an inquiry to the DOT to see if they are public information.

     
  • Jackson Scott posted at 5:11 pm on Tue, Dec 4, 2012.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 386

    Doug, I've gone through several checkpoints on the westside the past year. In May one was on Kettleman Lane eastbound between Mills & Ham. Another, Feb or March?, was on Lower Sac southbound between Turner & Elm. Perhaps you should talk with LPD about where all of their checkpoints have been to get a clearer picture.

    I guess those infamous "get out of jail" cards were not around when your favorite councilperson was busted for dui a few years back.

     
  • Michael Kludt posted at 1:47 pm on Tue, Dec 4, 2012.

    Mikey Joe Posts: 1

    I think it is a great thing that the police are doing this. My only problem is when I have almost been hit by a police officer who was on their phone while driving. Or the many times I am behind a police car and see them not paying attention to the road, swerving(like a texter or drunk driver) and this is all in Lodi. I the police need to make a call or access their computer for "work related" reasons than they should pull over like the law requires. I drive a semi tanker for a living and I use bluetooth because I cannot afford a ticket on my record. We all need to be mindful of the road and its hazards, I have had close calls while the bad driver had no idea my semi almost made them a pancake.

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 12:39 pm on Tue, Dec 4, 2012.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2027

    It happens all the time Mike. One of my news feeds for Facebook is all from the motorcycle world and there are way too many stories like this one:

    http://www.kcra.com/Woman-Gets-5-Years-For-Deadly-Texting-Wreck/-/11798090/12645560/-/nuk0bhz/-/index.html

    Wife and I were riding into Oakland on our bikes a while back and a guy swerved into my lane so suddenly I didn't have time to react. He corrected and swerved back, dropping his cell phone. He quickly took the almost past offramp and disappeared. But at 60mph, my wife would have watched her husband die at the hands of a texting driver, had he hit me.

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 11:30 am on Tue, Dec 4, 2012.

    advocate Posts: 502

    And when is LPD going to get serious about impaired drivers? Those "roadbocks" on the eastside are getting old and need to be saturation patrols in either the downtown area or the area where the large wine and alcohol related events take place, not on the opposite side of town and the choice of traffic flow seems always to be chosen in the direction that seems like the least used route to a major highway or freeway. As one who has poured mmany wine tastings in the 90's when my wife worked and then beccame manager at Oak Ridge Winery, I can attest to the fact that at these large alcohol driven events that I hosted with my wife there were numerous imbibers that were allowed to drink way more than they could handle and allowed to drive home. That was in the good old days when dignitaries and well connected were rumored to have "get out of jail free" cards and never had to worry about being ticketed and were treated to a free ride home and a free tow job to their residence. This all out war on cell phone violators should be concentrated on the overimbibement downtown due to the numerous wine tasting rooms, restaurant/bars and plain old cocktail lounges.

     
  • Mike Adams posted at 11:27 am on Tue, Dec 4, 2012.

    Mike Adams Posts: 1400

    I am surprised more innocnet people who are not texting or talking on a cell phone are not killed or injured as a result of this. I think for most of us, it's just a matter of time before someone is killed.

    I was once almost run over in a crosswalk @ Pine/Hutchins by some woman who had a cell phone in one hand and a cup-a-soup in the other. How can someone drive like that. I would suppose it was fortunate her kids weren't in her Suburban with her. She probably doesn't even realize what a danger she was/is.

     
  • Ted Lauchland posted at 11:07 am on Tue, Dec 4, 2012.

    Ted Lauchland Posts: 256

    It's another form of DUI. If you have ever followed one you would swear they were drunk. This is worse, however, as there aren't that many actual drunks on the road. I don't get it. I suppose we should create another program such as MADD and just call it Drivers Against Insanity. Phone booths were never meant to have a stearing wheel.

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 10:15 am on Tue, Dec 4, 2012.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2027

    As someone who not only spends a lot of time on the roads cycling and exercising but also has KIDS out on the streets. I see this crack down as a good thing. I have had way to many close calls with people using their phones to believe cell phones are not a real danger on the roads.

    It is a shame that there are those in our society who would rather see people harmed than enforce this simple law of put the phone down.

     
  • Jose Sanborn posted at 9:51 am on Tue, Dec 4, 2012.

    Jose Sanborn Posts: 36

    I guess we don't have any real crime in Lodi these days, so now we're going after people talking on their phones. Next, the police need to start cracking down on people eating their Big Macs, drinking their lattes, and putting on their makeup while driving.

     
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