Message from the Oakley’s Chief of Police, Chris Thorsen : Traffic Citations

There’s a saying when it comes to traffic enforcement. “You can write wrecks or you can write tickets, but you’re going to write something”. Some may be aware the Oakley Police Department has emphasized our traffic enforcement efforts over the last six months. Initially this was dubbed the “Slow Down Oakley” campaign. In addition, we have added a third traffic enforcement position and scheduled to have at least one dedicated traffic officer on duty, seven days per week.

The increased effort has resulted in more citations being issued by our staff. For the last half of 2016, 532 citations were issued. For the same period of 2017, 788 citations were issued. During the same period we experienced a reduction in traffic collisions of approximately 30%.

Contrary to popular belief, we do not issue citations for the purpose of generating revenue. Fines from traffic citations are split by many entities. The State, County, City, and Courts all take a “slice of the pie”. Effectively, there is little financial upside to citations for the City of Oakley.

We write citations in an effort to enhance and improve safety for those using our roadways. From time to time members of the Oakley Police Department hear the common saying, “Don’t you have anything better to do than write tickets?” The numbers are clear, those tickets are having the desired impact. We have fewer traffic collisions. As a result, we have fewer injuries and fewer fatalities on our roads.

With this in mind, I would say, “No…We have nothing more important to do than protect the residents of our great community.”

Please join us in our efforts. Slow down, buckle up and hang up!

About Kevin

Councilmember - City of Oakley, Manager of Mainframe Operations and Optimization – USS-POSCO INDUSTRIES, Co-Founder and Board Member - Friends of Oakley A Community Foundation, Commissioner - Contra Costa Transportation Authority, Board Member - Tri Delta Transit, Transplan, San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority and RD 2137, Advisory Board – Opportunity Junction
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