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Livermore's Traffic Safety The Standard in California

Livermore Police Department is recognized by the California Highway Patrol and California Office of Traffic Safety.

on Tuesday received statewide recognition for its traffic safety efforts.

At a ceremony held at the department offices, the California Highway Patrol and California Office of Traffic Safety presented the following awards to Livermore police:

  • Best Traffic Safety program for agencies with 86 to 105 officers
  • Special Award for Child Passenger Safety
  • Special Award for Motorcycle Safety
  • Commissioners Award for Best Overall Traffic Safety Program in the State

The awards are part of the California Law Enforcement Challenge, a program coordinated by the CHP and OTS. More than 200 agencies submitted applications.

Officials said winning safety programs are those that combine officer training, public information and enforcement to reduce crashes and injuries within its jurisdiction.

Livermore Police Chief Steve Sweeney said it was an honor to receive the awards and the recognition is a result of the department's hard work.

"It is a very proud day for this department," he said. "We do it for the community and it is nice to know we are having an impact on traffic safety."

In addition to the statewide honors, Sweeney recognized the following officers for their traffic safety efforts in the first half of 2011:

Seatbelt Enforcement

  • Patrol -- Officer Rich Hill (21 Citations)
  • Traffic -- Officer Joe Nguyen (206 Citations)

Speed Enforcement

  • Patrol -- Officer Keith Pini (63 Citations)
  • Traffic -- Officer Traci Rebiejo (292 Citations)

DUI Enforcement

  • Patrol -- Officer Andrew Estes (19 Arrests)
  • Patrol -- Officer Scott Harrison (19 Arrests)
  • Traffic -- Officer Glen Robbins (11 Arrests)
MagnusT August 05, 2011 at 08:17 AM
So, in other words, Livermore and its residents are the pieces of a big gameboard that LPD uses to tally up points so at the end of the season they can earn pizza and beer points. Cute. Really eff'n cute, LPD. Here's more rope. Please, take as much as you want!
MagnusT August 05, 2011 at 08:30 AM
Congrats on the 206 seatbelt violations, Officer Joe! That makes the meager 21 citations of Officer Hill seem puny and flaccid in comparison. How terrific to be recognized for adding nothing positive or meaningful to your city. This prestigious merit compares right up there with President Barack's richly deserved Nobel Peace Prize. Awards like this are akin to rabid dogs: you don't know whose ass they might bite next ;)
dan August 11, 2011 at 04:35 AM
These statistics and the "safety" stops is clear evidence that we are over-policed. It's sickening that they are actually so proud of traffic stops. I wonder what this does for the nacent downtown revival and attracting people from outside Livermore? This enthusiasm for traffic stops (not safety) is just reflective of cop philosopy that cannot recognize a real crime from a big ZERO. This is what further alienates the citizenry from law enforcement.
Steve August 21, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Really? Awards for issuing seat belt violation citations? That's not my idea of what police's principal job. How about helping a citizen in real trouble? Risking your life to save someone else's? This is what commendations and awards should be for. Don't cheapen them this way.
The Real Anon January 02, 2013 at 11:05 PM
Not a big fan of the seatbelt tickets since if people want to expose themselves to injury, that's their business. The only caveat to that is that when someone sustains injuries because of not wearing their belts, it has "externalities" that affect other people; insurance companies have to absorb those costs which affects other policyholders, the injured person requires medical treatment which reduces the resources available for other patients, etc. So there is some rationale to it, but really those things could be better addressed by letting insurers refuse to cover the injuries sustained by people who don't wear their belts. Stuff like that. What a seatbelt ticket amounts to though, is a penalty for imposing your externality on others...however the funds from the ticket don't go to those other people that might have been affected, but just into the black hole fund wherever ticket money goes...the state or county gets some, the city gets some, they spend some on more seatbelt awareness outreach or what not. Its just not a very sensible arrangement. People should wear their belts, because its in their own best interests. The flaw in the system is setting up things where someone's bad choices have to be paid for by others - that is the problem with it. If it wasn't set up that way, then you wouldn't need a seatbelt law. People who are dumb enough to drive unrestrained could bear the consequences of their choice without affecting others - which would be a good thing.

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