July 22, 2004

Do Traffic Laws Apply to San Leandro Police?

As I followed a San Leandro motorcycle police officer from E. 14th Street to Marina Blvd. today, I witnessed the officer disobey traffic laws no less than three times. There were no lights, no sirens, and the officer certainly wasn't in a rush to get anywhere. She failed to come to a complete stop at a red light at Washington Ave. and Marina Blvd and while traveling west on Marina Blvd., she changed lanes twice without signaling. I realize that the officer is very unlikely to be cited for these violations by another San Leandro police officer, but it begs the question: If the police don't respect traffic laws, why should anybody else?

I also wonder what the department policy is regarding use of cell phones while driving.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at July 22, 2004 2:05 PM | TrackBack
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