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Posted: Sunday, March 30, 2008 10:00 pm

Some of the most frequent misconceptions people have are about traffic enforcement. Here are a few common myths about traffic in the city of Lodi.

Myth: People on bikes can ride on the wrong side of the street.

Bike riders must obey the same traffic laws as people driving vehicles. Bikes must be riden in the same direction the cars are travelling. There have been three serious bike vs. vehicle collisions, one fatal, in the past year. One common factor in all three collisions: were bikes being ridden on the wrong side of the road.

Myth: A driver has to be visibly drunk to be considered driving under the influence.

A driver does not have to be falling-down drunk or slurring their words to be arrested for drunk driving. Sometimes just a couple of drinks or even a certain type of medication can result in that person being arrested for a DUI.

Myth: You can double park in the street in front of a school as long as you're there to pick up your child.

We frequently respond to complaints of vehicle double parking in front of a school. Cars must be legally parked on the street, against the curb, not blocking any intersections or driveways. This may require citizens to park the vehicle and walk to the school to pick up a child. Double parking, even for a moment, is hazardous for other vehicles and pedestrians, and it is against the law.

Myth: Drivers can use the bike lane if the other lanes are full.

This happens frequently when the streets are wide, such as West Elm St., Hutchins St. and Kettleman Lane. It is a traffic violation if you drive to the right of the solid white bicycle lane line. The lanes are meant for bicyclists, even if there aren't any riding in the lane.

Myth: You can park in a sisabled parking stall if you are just going into the store for a minute.

Our volunteer patrol make sure the handicap stalls are being used by people who are authorized to park in them. Any disabled parking stall on a public street or in a private parking lot is enforceable. There is a $375.00 fine for parking in a disabled parking stall without a placard or DP license plate, even if you are only there for a moment.

Myth: The cops won't stop you unless you're going at least ten miles an hour over the speed limit.

You can be stopped as soon as your speed exceeds the speed limit by any amount.

Myth: Lodi Police Officers have ticket quotas.

No matter what you've heard, we don't have quotas. They are not consistent with our community-oriented policing philosophy, and section 41602 of the California Vehicle Code prohibits the requirement of quotas for police or parking enforcement personnel.

Any comments, questions or advice for Behind the Badge can be emailed to jbiskup@pd.lodi.gov or mailed to Jeanie Biskup, Lodi Police Department, 215 W. Elm Street, Lodi, CA 95240 or call (209)333-6864.

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  • posted at 3:37 pm on Sun, Apr 6, 2008.


    Gotcha 007jack. My mistake. You told me.

  • posted at 10:51 am on Sat, Apr 5, 2008.


    Let's put things to the test! At 205 E. Oak St. is a large tarped boat, parked on the street without license tabs on the trailer. I'll bet nothing is done!

  • posted at 5:28 am on Sat, Apr 5, 2008.


    Well 007Jack, I used to live there and years ago the quota number was a published fact in the newspaper. How ironic that years later, now residing in Lodi I do not have a copy of the article, or better yet a web link to let the air out of your balloon.

  • posted at 10:36 am on Fri, Apr 4, 2008.


    T&C...I checked with Kitsap County Sherriffs Dept.....They do not have a quota of 22 tickets. As mentioned before there are performance issues that are addressed if Officers are lacking in ANY part of their job performances. Not just traffic. Besides....doesn't the quota issue start questioning an officers integrity as to why they are Police Officers? Let's look at the big picture!

  • posted at 10:22 am on Fri, Apr 4, 2008.


    There are more people killed and hurt from traffic collisions then we have have murders in our city.....WY!

  • posted at 6:48 am on Thu, Apr 3, 2008.


    We got murder and maham going on in Lodi and they're worried about us driving in the bike lane. ah... OK?

  • posted at 3:03 am on Thu, Apr 3, 2008.


    AKM, That is the Kitsap County Sherriffs Dept, based out of Port Orchard, WA.

  • posted at 2:55 am on Thu, Apr 3, 2008.


    I was driving past Lodi on Hwy 99 and could see that the homeless are ONCE MORE "LIVING UNDER THE OVERPASSES, on Lockford and Lodi Avenue! Their presence and "ACTIVITIES" are a DISTRACTION to Us DRIVERS. I wonder at 3AM why LPD does not do a sweep and see how many have warrants as well as probation violations? There are alot of sleeping bags under those 2 overpasses, so they have been trespassing for a while it seems.

  • posted at 4:37 am on Tue, Apr 1, 2008.


    22 per shift huh T&C? Where would that be?

  • posted at 2:00 am on Tue, Apr 1, 2008.


    Yo! Volunteers Patrol--Check out the owners and business employees that park in the handicapped spots without placard or license -- not nice. They aren't being tagged because it's on private property.

  • posted at 6:03 pm on Mon, Mar 31, 2008.


    There are no "Quotas", but you better not close off you shift "as low man in tickets".

  • posted at 12:56 pm on Mon, Mar 31, 2008.


    I have NEVER known a police department who did not tell their officers to write so many tickets per shift! It is common economics for ticket quotas to both supplement the police dept. budget but also the general fund. Where I come from officers had to write 22 tickets per shift, that is only 1 ticket every 15 minutes. If a cop parks anywhere he will see far more then 1 driving violation in that 15 minute period. But we must believe what a police chief or mayor tells us right?

  • posted at 11:59 am on Mon, Mar 31, 2008.


    What's "sisabled"? Nice prof reading.

  • posted at 10:42 am on Mon, Mar 31, 2008.


    Good for LPD! A close friend who is a supervisor with the CHP has a different story. You may not call it a "quota" but it the same thing. If troopers aren't "effectively" citing careless drivers they risk a bad evaluation. "Effectively" is defined as eight citations/shift. So you are correct there are no "quotas". There are and "no speed traps" but I can give you a list of them. visit www.speedtrap.org A police officer friend has one on highway 49. Be careful in Sutter Creek. LOL! No traps?

  • posted at 9:20 am on Mon, Mar 31, 2008.


    Is it the responsiblity of the business owner to report a person to P.D. who parked in front of there business? when the sign boldly states "NO PARKING" or can they call a tow service?

  • posted at 8:50 am on Mon, Mar 31, 2008.


    -drivers can use the bike lane????????
    -parking in the handicapped????
    -10 mph over the limit????

    Can i drive my car in the bike lane even if i am wearing a bike helmet when behind the wheel?

    Can I double park in front of the store when i am picking up a 12 pack of ice cold lager?

    I'll take responses off line.
    concerned citizen who hopes these are not valid questions


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