Irvine police cause a unnecessary traffic snafu to issue a ticle.
Posted on Feb 10, 2010
February 10th, 2010. At 8:45 in the morning, at the peak of traffic, a police officer pulled over a driver for a ticket infraction. He stopped the person in the right turn only lane of travel on University at Campus.
The resulting effect was a traffic nightmare and potential for collisions. Already a congested and busy intersection because of college traffic, this officer thought it prudent to not only stop in the right-turn only lane but cause traffic to line up behind him, and in the two lanes next to him. During my wait and effort to pass by this mess, I saw lots of looky-loos slowing to a crawl to see what the commotion was about, but twice I also saw two cars almost collide because they were trying to pull into the other lane to pass.
The officer’s conduct created a dangerous condition for drivers approaching and trying to get to school and work. What ever the infraction, it was ill timed to stop the person. Following the person to a less congested location is one such solution. A simple right turn on Campus Avenue, and there is adequate space to pull over without causing any traffic congestion.
Police officers, especially Irvine police officers, should know and understand that pulling a car over for an infraction where there is no shoulder is simply not a good idea.