SLO police cite 41 people during safety operation

December 9, 2023


San Luis Obispo police officers issued 41 citations to drivers and bicyclists for a variety of violations during a safety operation on Dec. 7, the department announced Friday.

The operation, which was funded through the state, took place citywide from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Of the 50 people questioned, 41 received citations.

Violations include:

  • Unsafe speed
  • Stop sign violation
  • Lighting during darkness
  • Cell phone violation
  • Crossing cone pattern on closed roadway
  • Bike light requirement
  • Bike on wrong side of roadway
  • Earplugs in both ears
  • Red light violation

“Safety is a shared responsibility, with drivers, bicyclist holding the greatest responsibility to keep other road users safe,” Sgt. Evan Stradley said. “We hope this operation serves as a reminder to everyone to practice due care and to look out for one another.”

The department plans to hold another bicycle and pedestrian safety operation on January 4, 2024. Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


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A clear case of revenue generation masquerading as promoting public safety. Back the blue, until they happen to you.

I thought that was part of the law enforcements job so why do you need to pay out more money for something that should be done anyway. Government loves spending YOUR MONEY !!

Because they cant get overtime pay if they just did their job during regular hours

Of the 41 cited anyone want to guess how many were bicyclists? 38, 39 or 40?

Citations for a paucity of common sense.

The grant funded overtime gravy train never ends

Still overfeeding at the taxpayer funded trough

The “earplug” violation is stupid. I can only imagine CVC 27400 was written many decades ago, when helmet technology and hearing protection were not considered priorities.

There is no difference in hearing attenuation between bluetooth buds, headphones, and modern full face helmets. They ALL block out considerable amounts, if not most, of the surrounding noise of traffic and emergency vehicles.

Strangely enough, the law has 5 exemptions, one of which allows the use of inserted and/or molded hearing protection, such as the type used for firearm discharge. These plugs are 100% designed to block out 90+% of damaging levels of sound…which would certainly include police and fire sirens. You can legally wear plugs that fully shut of sound, but will be cited for wearing bluetooth buds.

In all my full face helmets, I run mounted Harmon-Kardon speakers that can get very loud. Loud enough, you can hear them OUTSIDE the helmet. That’s legal. Earbuds in while wearing a full face helmet? Illegal.

Please, tell me the logic in this law?