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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.


A pavement repair project on G Street will begin on Monday, October 15, and continue through Thursday, October 18. G Street will be closed to all traffic between Burney Street and La Loma Avenue. Detours will be in place to assist drivers and there may be delays as the work will require changes in traffic patterns. Motorists are advised to proceed with caution and pay attention to signage. Drivers should use alternate routes when possible to avoid delays.

Funded by State Proposition 1B funds, the G street project will include the removal of the current pavement surface, re-pavement of this section of roadway along with the installation of new pavement markings and striping.

This type of work typically extends the durability of a street surface for as much as 20 years.

Electronic reader boards are in place to alert frequent drivers to the upcoming road work.

Caltrans would like to update drivers on the closures at Brookside, Swain and River Roads as part of the Interstate 5 (I-5) North Stockton Improvement Project.

Brookside Road under I-5 is scheduled to re-open the week of October 15, 2012, once the falsework has been removed.

Swain Road is scheduled to close the week of October 22, 2012, to vehicle traffic while crews work to widen I-5 in the median at that location.

River Road is scheduled to re-open in March, 2013. The closure has been extended due to a delay in construction activities from flood control oversight activities, the availability of equipment and materials and other construction related issues.

These closures are necessary for the safety of motorists during bridge construction. Because of clearances, and the construction activities, there is not enough vertical clearance under these structures for the installation of falsework unless the road is closed.

Caltrans would like to apologize for the inconvenience caused by closing these roads, but assures you it is necessary in order to complete the widening of I-5 prior to starting on Stage 2 of the project. We appreciate drivers’ patience as we work to improve I-5 through Stockton.

The $122.1 million I-5 North Stockton Improvements Project will add High Occupancy Vehicle lanes, auxiliary lanes and soundwalls, from Hammer Lane to south of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The project also reconstructs the existing six-lane freeway with continuously reinforced concrete pavement between Hammer Lane and Country Club Boulevard. The contractor for the project is R & L Brosamer, Inc. of Walnut Creek, CA.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will repair guardrail on southbound Interstate 5 (I-5) from Beaver Slough to Walnut Grove.

The #2 (right) lane and right shoulder will close on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. (noon).

Motorists should expect 15 minute delays. Alternate routes should be taken whenever possible.

This work is scheduled to begin as listed, but is subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and/or materials and construction related issues.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012 08:08

Turlock Road Closures (Week of 10-15-12)

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10/15/12 - Permanently All Hours Roberts Rd. will be closed at N. Golden State Blvd. for median construction activity. Thru traffic on Golden State will not be affected. No detours will be provided.

10/15/12 - 10/20/12 07:00 PM - 09:00 AM State Route (Highway) 99 on-ramps and off-ramps at Taylor Rd. will be closed intermittently by CalTrans for construction activities. Detours will not be provided.