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Tuesday, 28 May 2013 03:38

Seat Belt Saves Woman's Life

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Turlock Police shared the following story:

On February 22, 2013, Officer Joe Dusel spotted a teenage female, not wearing her seatbelt at the intersection of Geer and Monte Vista. Officer Dusel is a motorcycle officer whose primary responsibility for the enforcement of traffic laws. He stopped her and issued her a citation. She was upset with the citation that was going to cost her nearly $170. She felt the seatbelt messed her hair, wrinkled her clothes and that she was a good driver so she didn’t need it.

She and her parents came to Turlock Police Department on March 26, 2013. They asked to speak to Officer Dusel. When they met, her mother began to cry. She explained that she and her husband had repeatedly told their daughter to wear her seatbelt, but the young woman refused. When she got the seatbelt ticket, her mother told her, “good!” Her parents went on to relate the following story.

The juvenile received her ticket on February 22, 2013. Five days later she was on Santa Fe Road traveling at about 55 MPH. She was begrudgingly wearing her seatbelt to avoid another hefty fine. A car pulled out from Berkeley Avenue, colliding with her. Her vehicle left the road and rolled two to four times. The seatbelt kept her in the vehicle. The airbags and structure of the vehicle did their jobs as they were designed. The car came to rest on its wheels. She remained conscious the entire time and remembered different people telling her not to move. She was taken to an emergency room in the ambulance. She suffered moderate to severe injuries as a result of the collision.

The CHP officers and other emergency services personnel on the scene told her and her parents she should’ve been dead. The ONLY thing that radically changed the course of her life was the use of her seatbelt - something that until receiving a citation only five days earlier, she refused to use. She and her parents credit Officer Dusel with saving her life because he was doing his job and protecting the public. In this case, he was protecting her from her bad habit.

“Collisions in modern vehicles have a tremendously higher survivability rate if seatbelts are properly used” said Sergeant Neil Cervenka, Turlock Traffic Safety Unit Supervisor. “Air bags and crumple zones are designed to supplement seatbelts, not replace them. This is an excellent example that the collision was the result of another driver and she could not avoid it.”

Sergeant Cervenka also said, “Traffic officers’ mission is the reduction of collision related injuries and death through education and enforcement. Many people complain or are upset when they get a citation. We, as police officers, understand that. However, we also understand that the citation is meant to correct negative driving behavior. In this case it did – and she is here to prove it.”

Sunday, 26 May 2013 07:44

Motorists Escape Serious Injury

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MODESTO - A vehicle collision closed an intersection earlier this afternoon in downtown Modesto after a pickup was left overturned.

Emergency crews responded to the area of 5th and I streets after two vehicles collided causing one to overturn. The occupant of the overturned vehicle was able to remove himself. A police officer on scene provided aid until medics arrived. Additional officers responded to the scene for traffic control.

The occupant of the overturned vehicle appeared dazed, and was taken by ambulance for further treatment. Police continue to investigate the collision. The intersection re-opened after a short period of time.

Thursday, 21 March 2013 08:32

Vehicle Found In River

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An SUV was found nose down in the Tuolumne River between 7th and 9th Streets this afternoon.

Emergency crews responded to the call which came in just after 2pm today. First responders determined no one was in the vehicle and it was later discovered that the vehicle was stolen.

A towing service was called to the scene to tow the vehicle out of the water.

Thursday, 03 January 2013 01:57

Pedestrian Critical After Collision

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MODESTO, CA- On Wednesday January 3, 2013 at 5:47 PM an 83 year old male pedestrian suffered severe injuries resulting from a collision with a vehicle.

The pedestrian was struck on Floyd Avenue and Mac Gregor Court. He was crossing southbound in the crosswalk on the west side of the intersection of Floyd Ave and Mac Gregor Court. The vehicle that struck the pedestrian was a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder and was traveling eastbound on Floyd Ave.

The 83 year old male, identified as Joseph Yonan of Modesto, was transported to a local hospital and is being treated for a broken back, broken pelvis, broken leg, and internal injuries. He is still listed in critical condition at this time. The driver of the Nissan Pathfinder was not injured as a result of the collision.

The initial investigation suggests neither alcohol nor drugs were a factor in this collision. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation. A comprehensive collision investigation is under way in order to determine the cause of this collision. Witness statements and physical evidence will be thoroughly evaluated before any collision factor or cause will be determined.

Witness statements have been obtained at the scene of the collision. However, anyone who may have witnessed the collision or has further information is encouraged to contact the Officer Hopkins of the Modesto Police Department at 209-572-9500, extension 24157. Also, callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters can also text information to Crime Stoppers by sending a text message to 274637. Just type “TIP704” along with your message.

Thursday, 06 December 2012 01:23

Sylvan DUI Accident Investigated

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During the midnight hour last night, emergency crews responded to the area of Sylvan Avenue near Bridgeford Lane for a report of a traffic collision. The collision occured when a 58 year old male, who is suspected of driving while intoxicated, lost control of his vehicle and crossed into an oncoming lane in the path of another vehicle. A t-bone type collision occured, and at least one person was taken to the hospital with minor to moderate injuries. The passenger of the drunk driver was pinned in momentarily, requiring extrication by Modesto Regional Fire crews.

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Tuesday, 27 November 2012 03:35

Stockton Traffic Collision Investigated

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Police are working to determine what caused a collision involving five vehicles near the intersection of Harding Way and West Lane in Stockton Monday afternoon.

Four people were transported to the hospital with various injuries. The driver of the pickup that overturned received critical injuries. One vehicle reportedly caught fire, prompting citizens who witnessed the collision to hold the flames at bay until rescue crews could arrive.

Police are looking into the possibility that one driver may have been using their cell phone just before the collision. Cell phone records are being reviewed, as well as traffic camera recordings.

Thursday, 01 November 2012 10:01

Riverbank Authorities Awarded Traffic Grant

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Riverbank Police Department has been awarded a $29,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on our roadways through special enforcement and public awareness efforts. The grant received by Riverbank Police will aid in the city’s ongoing effort to improve traffic safety and the quality of life. Riverbank Police Department will use the funding as part of an on-going commitment to keep our roadways safe through both enforcement and education.

Chief Bill Pooley stated “Riverbank Police Services and the City of Riverbank is continuing to provide an effective traffic unit to help ensure the safety of Riverbank’s Citizens and roadways. Partnering with OTS has given our City an opportunity to further our goal of making our streets safer for our drivers and pedestrians. We can focus attentions on driver’s that may be impaired by alcohol or drugs and get them off our roadways. Riverbank’s Deputies are committed to the safety of our citizens.”

The grant will assist in efforts to deal with traffic safety problems and to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in traffic collisions. While traffic deaths from all causes declined by nearly 39 percent between 2006 and 2010 in California, state and federal officials anticipate that figures will show a slight rise in 2011. DUI deaths remain the largest sector, at nearly 30 percent of traffic fatalities. Recent trends show increases in two new categories – distracted driving and drug-impaired driving.

Activities that the grant will fund include:

•Specialized DUI and drugged driving training such as Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), and Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE). •DUI Saturation Patrols •Motorcycle safety enforcement •Distracted driving enforcement •Seat belt and child safety seat enforcement •Speed, red light and stop sign enforcement •Warrant service operations targeting multiple DUI offenders •Compilation of DUI “Hot Sheets,” identifying worst-of-the-worst DUI offenders •Stakeout operations to observe the “worst of the worst” repeat DUI offender probationers with suspended or revoked driver licenses

“Despite the recent increases, California’s roadways are still very much safer than they were before 2006,” said OTS Director Christopher J. Murphy. “The Stanislaus Sheriff and Riverbank Police Department will be keeping the pressure on through enforcement and public awareness so that we can continue saving lives and reach the vision we all share – Toward zero deaths, every 1 counts.”

Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.