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on Sep 17, 2013
Now CHP itself has been victimized by their negligence in not enforcing the law requiring use of turn signals and requiring observance of right-of-way. I hope the officer will make a full recovery, and also that out of his misfortune will come police realization of how unsafe their lack of enforcement has made driving for law-abiding citizens. I have long believed that aggressive enforcement would not only make the roads safer for the rest of us, but also make those who believe they are above the law provide money through fines that could remedy the shortage of traffic enforcement officers.
This illustrates why lane splitting is dangerous and cannot be safely or legally performed. The officer should have known better, being an officer of the law, and all that. But, like most cops, he figures he is "Above the law". Unless responding to an emergency and while displaying lights, sirens, or strobes, a police officer is required to obey all provisions of the California Vehicle Code.
Who says the police are not enforcing traffic laws? I am pretty sure they are as I got stopped last year for not signalling. To say the CHP was victimized for not enforcing violations is absurd. So if someone distracted by a cellphone hit an officer, it would be the chp's fault for not citing cell phone violators as much as you would like?
It's amazing that the previous commenters know precisely what occurred prior to the crash without being present or hearing the actual facts - no signals were used (really?), the officer was splitting lanes (how do you know?). I pray if I'm ever on trial they'll be too busy to serve as my jurors.
"CHP Officer Steve Creel said the officer was driving east on I-580 near the exit for Foothill and San Ramon roads at 3:43 p.m. when the crash happened."
The crash happens in the future?? It can be prevented! Anyone driving a 2003 BMW at about 30-35 mph around 3:43 p.m., please be careful.
Ride alone, but drive for everyone around you.
Bikers, should always, always assume that drivers to their side and front flank are unaware and not looking, and expect that they will, without fail, slide into your lane, w-i-t-h-o-u-t f-a-i-l, and be ready for it at every moment.
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