The Thousand Oaks Police Department's Traffic Bureau incorporates the use of the "Three E's" to guide their operations: Engineering, Enforcement, and Education. Working closely with the City's Public Works' staff to develop strategies that make our streets safer for motorists and pedestrians, the officers ensure that community concerns are addressed. Enforcement is a key component of traffic safety. While no one wants to receive a traffic ticket, enforcement is a proven method of reducing accidents and saving lives.
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The Thousand Oaks Police Department is hosting a program to educate newly licensed and future licensed drivers on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 from 6-9 p.m. at the Thousand Oaks Police Station (2101 E. Olsen Rd)
Start Smart is a cooperative effort between the California Highway Patrol, Thousand Oaks Police Department, teenage drivers, and their parents.
The Start Smart Program is designed to help young drivers and their parents/guardians understand the responsibilities and traffic laws associated with driving a motor vehicle. Start Smart will show how a poor choice behind the wheel can change the lives of everyone involved. Our goal is to raise awareness and reduce the number of teen-related injuries and deaths due to collisions.
Interested parents are asked to call the Thousand Oaks Police Department Traffic Bureau at 805-494-8271 for more information and to make a reservation. Space is limited to 25 students and their parents. There is no charge to attend the program.
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Cell Phone Law
What you need to know...
As of July 1 2008, the use of wireless communications devices- more commonly referred to, as cell phones will be restricted while operating a motor vehicle on a highway. 23123(a) VC states that a person shall not operate a motor vehicle on a roadway while using a wireless telephone unless that device is set up to allow for hands-free talking and listening. This section is not applicable if the driver is using it for emergency purposes.
Q: Does this apply to walkie-talkie cell phones?
A: Yes and no. If you are operating a motor truck, truck tractor, implement of husbandry, or farm vehicle, you can use this feature, for everyone else it is illegal.
Q: What about texting while driving?
A: Anything that you do while driving that takes your attention away from your responsibilities to other motorists, pedestrians or bicyclist is not a good idea. This section specifically states that the driver cannot use the device unless it is set up for hands free listening and talking. Although not specifically prohibited it will be difficult to text hands free.
23124(a) VC- states that a person under the age of 18 years old may not use any wireless devices while operating a motor vehicle on a roadway. As with the previous section, the wireless phone can be used to report an emergency.
Q: Can a police officer stop me just because I look 18 or under for this violation?
A: No, a police officer cannot stop a driver just for this section. However, if the driver is using a mobile phone that is not used in a hands free mode, they can be stopped for 23123(a) VC regardless of age. Also if there is another vehicle code violation observed by the police officer and they stop you, and you are under 18 and using your cell phone then they can cite you for 23124(a) VC section.
Q: How much is the fine?
A: The fine for the first offense for either of these violations is between $130 to $142, and then increases to $50 for each new offense. The fine does not include penalty assessments, and other fees imposed by the courts.
Q: Does this count as a point against my driving record?
REMEMBER- these cell phone laws come into effect on 7/1/08, and it will be STRICTLY enforced.
CITY AND STATE GEAR UP FOR DUI CRACKDOWN
Call 911 to Report Drunk Drivers
In a collaborative effort to save lives, the Thousand Oaks Police Department (TOPD) along with other statewide law enforcement agencies are working together to prevent impaired driving. This statewide effort will include a significant increase in officers on the streets in the form of saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints.
This year law enforcement is asking for the public's help. We are asking the public to report drunk drivers by calling 911 and providing the location and a complete description of the vehicle.
To learn more about the DUI crackdown and what to look for click here.
Important Information for Buyers and Riders of Motorized Scooters:
Motorized Scooters Defined:
California Vehicle Code section 407.5 defines a motorized scooter as a two wheel device, that has handlebars and is designed to be stood or sat upon by the operator, and is powered by an electric or gas motor, with or without human propulsion.
Age, Licensing, Registration and Insurance Requirements:
While a motorcycle license is not required, operators of motorized scooters must have a driver's license or permit. Motorized scooters do not need to be registered. Insurance is not required by law, however, one should check with his/her insurance agent to discuss liability issues associated with the operation of motorized scooters.
The operator (regardless of age) must wear a properly fitted and fastened bicycle helmet (21235(c) CVC). The helmet must have been approved by either the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) or United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Regulations for Operation:
Motorized scooter riders must follow all of the same laws as car drivers. Scooters can be driven on any street that has a Class 2 bike lane, and riders must utilize the bike lane. Where no Class 2 bike lane is present, scooters can only be driven on streets posted at 25 mph or less. On these streets, scooters must be driven as close as possible to the right hand edge of the road. Scooters cannot be driven faster than 15 mph on any street, nor can they be driven on the sidewalk, except to enter or exit a driveway. If a rider is going to utilize a pedestrian crosswalk, the rider must dismount, and walk the scooter. Scooters are not allowed on freeways. Passengers are prohibited.
What is a Class 2 bike lane?
A Class 2 bike lane is a restricted right-of-way designated for the exclusive or semi-exclusive use of bicycles. White lines usually delineate them from the traffic lanes and the words ‘bike lane’ or other obvious symbols are painted on the pavement.
Motor-Driven Cycles (Mini-motorcycles):
These vehicles are scaled down versions of a standard motorcycle. They meet the definition of a true motorcycle per California Vehicle Code section 400, except they have an engine displacement of 150 cubic centimeters or less. Operators of motor-driven cycles must obey the same rules of the road as car drivers. They must possess a valid Class C driver’s license with an ‘M1’ motorcycle endorsement. An owner of a motor driven cycle must obtain a specialized license plate from DMV. Helmets are required.
Motorized Bicycles (Mopeds):
Motorized bicycles or ‘mopeds’ have two wheels with fully operative pedals for propulsion by human power, an automatic transmission, and a motor that propels the device at no more than 30 mph. If the device is powered solely by electric energy, pedals are not required. Operators must possess a valid Class C driver’s license or permit and an ‘M2’ motorcycle endorsement. An owner of a motorized bicycle must obtain a specialized license plate from DMV within five days of purchase. Insurance is not required; buyers may want to discuss potential liability issues with their insurance agents. Helmets must be worn at all times. Operators are subject to all rules of the road.
Please be aware that the noise generated by some gas-powered scooters has been a source of complaint to the Thousand Oaks Police Department. The Thousand Oaks Municipal Code, section 5-21.03, prohibits loud, unnecessary and unusual noises. Should a person lodge a complaint with the police department, the operator of the motorized scooter could be issued a citation for the noise violation.
If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact the Thousand Oaks Police Department’s Traffic Bureau (805) 494-8271