Improving Motorcycle Safety Aim of Suisun City Police Department Operation

Careless motorists as well as riders get special scrutiny

Suisun City – The Suisun City Police Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on Saturday, June 22, 2013 in an effort to lower deaths and injuries. Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes occur. Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers and riders alike that can lead to motorcycle crashes. They will be cracking down on both those operating regular vehicles and motorcycles who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, making illegal turns, or any other dangerous violation.

Motorcycle fatalities saw a phenomenal drop of 37 percent from 2008 to 2010, but rose nearly 18 percent in 2011. Operations like this are aimed at curbing any more rises in motorcycle deaths and sending the numbers back downward.

From 2008 to 2010, 17 people were injured in collisions involving motorcycles in Suisun City. From 2011 to 2012, 9 people were injured in collisions involving motorcycles in Suisun City.

California collision data reveals that primary causes of motorcycle-involved crashes include speeding, unsafe turning and impairment due to alcohol and other drugs. The Suisun City Police Department is also reminding all motorists to always be alert and watch out for motorcycles, especially when turning and changing lanes.

As the economy turns upward, there will likely be more miles driven by all vehicles, plus more novice motorcycle riders who are untrained and unable to handle the power of today’s motorcycles. The message to all drivers and motorcyclists is: share in the responsibility and do your part by safely “sharing the road.” Riders can get training through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. Information and training locations are available at www.CA-msp.org or 1-877 RIDE 411 or 1-877-743-3411.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Crime Drops 17% in Suisun City During 2012

SUISUN CITY — Crime in Suisun City declined 17 percent in 2012, continuing a five-year decline in incidents of the most serious types of crime, according to annual crime figures released by the Suisun City Police Department.

In 2007, the Police Department reported 912 Part I Crimes to the FBI. In 2012, only 620 occurred in the City, representing a 32% reduction in just five years.

Reductions in serious property crime led the overall decline with burglaries falling by 35% and thefts being reduced by 18%.

Violent crime, such as rape, robbery and aggravated assault, was reduced by 11% overall, and continued to be a rare occurrence in Suisun City. Only 58 incidents of serious violent crime against people were reported in 2012.

The continued reduction in the crime rate is the result of enhanced street patrols and crime response, as well as consistent proactive work by police officers and civilian staff, Police Chief Ed Dadisho said.

“We have built a very strong community partnership over the years, and focus our efforts on proactive enforcement in our Patrol Division, tracking crime trends, aggressively investigating crime and addressing quality of life issues through our Code Enforcement Division,” Chief Dadisho said.

Proactive enforcement by patrol officers is key to Suisun City’s success in reducing criminal activity. In 2012, Suisun City police officers

  • Responded to 25,483 calls for service – 50% of which were officer initiated
  • Issued 2,627 citations
  • Made 985 arrests
  • Conducted 757 field interviews

Chief Dadisho also reported that officer response times to 911 emergency calls improved by 25 seconds with officers on an emergency scene within three minutes of being dispatched, on average.

For non-emergency calls, a police officer arrives on scene in about four minutes.

The partnership between the Police Department and the community, through programs like Neighborhood Watch and events like National Night Out, are a key in pursuing crime-free neighborhoods.

Explore this website for more on how to partner with the Police Department, find detailed crime maps, contact your assigned beat officer and much more.

Crime Down 21% Year to Date

Suisun City – We are pleased to announce that overall crime for the Mid-year (January 1, 2012-June 31, 2012) is down 21% from this time last year!  Burglaries, which had seen a large increase the previous year, are down 49%. Likewise, robberies are down 58%.   The only increase was in Auto Thefts which went up by 19%. 

Chief Dadisho attributed the decrease in crime to the community groups in the City who are more engaged in policing efforts and the Department’s proactive law enforcement style.   “Our patrol officers have been more proactive, arresting so many burglars and other criminals.  They are also being much more visible – which deters crimes from even taking place.  Our Code Enforcement officers have been busy cleaning up neighborhoods so they don’t become blight, and our crime prevention and community involvement efforts are paying off because more and more people call dispatch when they see suspicious activity.  Our Dispatchers are also part of this mix because all the calls come through them and they put out that great information that our line officers use to catch the suspect, ” said Chief Dadisho.  

  Overall Year-to-Date Part I Crimes  
  June, 2011 June, 2012 Change Percentage
Homicide 1 1 0 0%
Rape 3 3 0 0%
Robbery 12 5 -7 -58%
Aggravated Assault 15 14 -1 -7%
Simple Assault 158 141 -17 -11%
Burglary 80 41 -39 -49%
Theft 204 154 -50 -25%
Motor Vehicle Theft 36 43 7 19%
TOTAL 509 402 -107 -21%
         
  Year-to-Date Property Crimes   
  June, 2011 June, 2012 Change Percentage
Burglary 80 41 -39 -49%
Theft 204 154 -50 -25%
Motor Vehicle Theft 36 43 7 19%
TOTAL 320 238 -82 -26%
         
  Year-to-Date Crimes Against Persons  
  June, 2011 June, 2012 Change Percentage
Homicide 1 1 0 0%
Rape 3 3 0 0%
Robbery 12 5 -7 -58%
Aggravated Assault 15 14 -1 -7%
Simple Assault 158 141 -17 -11%
TOTAL 189 164 -25 -13%

2011 Part I Crime Update

Suisun City - The 2011 Part I Crime Update from the Chief of Police is now available. The Police Department is pleased to report that 2011 Part I Crimes as reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Uniform Crime Reports (UCR’s) are down considerably in the area of violent crimes.  The Part I crimes reported to the FBI include the following crimes:

  • Homicide
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Burglary
  • Arson (Fire Department handles all arson investigations)
  • Theft
  • Auto Thefts

FBI Launches Child ID Mobile App

Free mobile app to store photos and vital info about one’s children

Washington, D.C. – The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has launched its first mobile application—the Child ID App. This free mobile app provides a convenient place to electronically store photos and vital information about one’s children that can be easily provided to authorities if a child goes missing.

The app allows users to send information—including pictures or other physical identifiers such as height and weight—to authorities with a few clicks. It also provides tips on keeping children safe and guidance on what to do in the first few crucial hours after a child goes missing.

The Child ID App is currently available for use on iPhones and can be downloaded for free from the App Store on iTunes. The FBI is planning to expand the tool to other types of mobile devices in the near future.

Resources:

Learn more about the FBI’s Child ID App at www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2011/august/child_080511.

The FBI’s new Child ID App can be downloaded for free from the App Store on iTunes at itunes.apple.com/us/app/fbi-child-id/id446158585?ls=1&mt=8.

Online Crime Reporting Now Available

Save Time and Quickly File a Crime Report Online

Suisun City, CA – The Suisun City Police Department E-Services continue to be enhanced with the latest launch of the online reporting system. Individuals may file reports for harassing telephone calls and identity theft. Additional reports types will be available in the near future.

The system allows members of the public to file a report at a convenient time without having to wait for an officer to respond or call them back. Individuals can print a temporary copy of the report upon completion. Once the final report is approved, a copy will be e-mailed to the individual at no cost.

The system will allow officers more available time for proactive enforcement and patrol, while providing a convenient solution for members of the public. This system is part of a suite of E-Services available at the Suisun City Police Department’s website, including the ability to apply for an alarm permit, request extra patrol, pay a citation, and obtain a copy of a traffic collision report.

As with all the E-Services, the new online crime reporting system is optional. Individuals who desire personal contact by an officer may still contact the Suisun City Police Department at (707) 421-7373.

Buckle Up Day and Night

One Million Californians Still Not Buckling Up

Suisun City, Calif. – As families across California plan for upcoming spring travel, there’s not much you can do to control the cost of filling up the gas tank, but you can avoid a costly ticket by making sure that everyone in the car wears their seat belt. Law enforcement throughout the state, including the Suisun City Police Department will be looking for unbelted drivers and passengers as part of the 2011 Click It or Ticket mobilization, May 23 – June 5.  The fines and fees for first time adult seat belt violations is a minimum of $142.  For children under 16, the fine is $445 for a first time offense.

Because nighttime passenger vehicle occupants are among those least likely to buckle up and most likely to die in crashes when unrestrained, nighttime enforcement has become a priority of the Click It or Ticket mobilization. Nationwide, of those who died in nighttime crashes in 2009, nearly two-thirds (62 percent) were not wearing seat belts at the time of their fatal crashes.

“Many nighttime traffic deaths can be prevented if more motorists simply start wearing their seat belts.  Law enforcement throughout the area will be looking for seat belt violators, day and night,” said Chief Mattos.  “Citations will be issued without warning.  It’s not just about avoiding a costly ticket; it’s about keeping the ones you care about alive. Remember to buckle up on every trip, day and night.”

California’s current seat belt use rate of 96.2 percent is at an all- time high, but that still leaves nearly one million people who are not buckling up, putting their lives at risk every time they get into the car.  The Click It or Ticket mobilization is credited with increasing the state’s adult seat belt usage rate from 92.5 percent in 2005 to 96.2 percent in 2010.

“We are very proud of California’s seat belt and child safety seat use rates,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety.  “However, with nearly one million motorists still not buckling up, there is much more work to do. Reaching the last four percent of motorists is crucial to reaching our goal of zero deaths.”

More than 600 permanent Click It or Ticket highway signs, which have been up since 2005, have been updated to reflect the ‘Minimum $142’ message as a reminder to motorists that failing to buckle up is costly.

Properly restrained drivers, passengers and children have a 50 percent better chance of surviving a crash than unbelted occupants.  Those ejected from vehicles in crashes or roll-overs are up to 35 times more likely to die than restrained occupants.  In 2009 alone, seat belts saved approximately 12,713 lives nationwide.  In California, it is estimated that 320 people who were killed in 2009 would be alive today if they had been wearing seat belts.

More than 140 local law enforcement agencies statewide and the California Highway Patrol will be participating in this year’s Click It or Ticket mobilization. Funding to support California’s Click It or Ticket campaign was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

E-Services Enhanced: Apply for an Alarm User Permit Online

As we continue to expand our online e-services, we are pleased to announce that your can now apply for an Alarm User Permit from our website. Once you complete the application and make payment using a credit card or PayPal account it will be submitted for approval. Once the application is approved, an Alarm User Permit will be e-mailed to you. The entire process is paperless and saves a trip to the Police Department.

The Alarm User Permit notifies the Police Department of active alarm systems within City limits and is necessary to use an alarm system whether residential or commercial per City Ordinance 9.24.120.

Suisun City Police Department Joins Effort to Crack Down on Cell Phone Use and Texting

Texting and Driving Will Cost You: First Ticket Minimum $159

(Suisun City, CA) – How often do you see drivers texting or talking with hand-held cell phones and wish they would be stopped and cited?  As part of California’s first Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April, law enforcement in Suisun City will be holding zero tolerance days for cell phone use and texting.  A ticket for violating either the hands free or no texting law costs a minimum of $159, and subsequent tickets cost $279.

Distracted driving is a serious traffic safety concern that puts everyone on the road at risk, joining speeding and alcohol as leading factors in fatal and serious injury crashes.  As a result, law enforcement across the state, including the Suisun City Police Department is increasingly cracking down on cell phone use and texting.  Starting April 4th and throughout the month, Suisun City PD will join over 225 local agencies plus 103 CHP Area Commands conducting zero tolerance enforcements.

“We take the issue of distracted driving very seriously.” said Suisun City Police Chief Tim Mattos. “Cell phone use and texting while driving is such a serious concern that we are putting officers on the road to enforce zero tolerance. Is that text message or cell phone call really worth $159?”

Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves.  Younger, inexperienced drivers under 20 years old have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes.   In addition, studies show that texting while driving can delay a driver’s reaction time just as severely as having a blood alcohol content of a legally drunk driver.

“We recognize that convincing drivers to refrain from using cell phones or texting while driving isn’t easy,” said Office of Traffic Safety Director Christopher J. Murphy.  “It’s very difficult to resist the urge to check an incoming text or answer a cell phone call. That’s why we are stepping up enforcement and public awareness efforts. Convincing California drivers to wear seat belts 20 years ago wasn’t easy either, but in 2010 more than 96 percent buckled up and thousands of lives were saved.”

Studies show that there is no difference in the risks between hands-free and hand-held cell phone conversations, both of which can result in “inattention blindness” which occurs when the brain isn’t seeing what is clearly visible because the drivers’ focus is on the phone conversation and not on the road.

There are simple measures drivers can take to minimize distractions in the vehicle:

  • Turn your phone off or put it out of reach before starting the car.
  • Alert callers that you are unable to take calls when driving by changing your voicemail message.
  • Make it a point not to call or text anyone who may be driving, such as during the commute to and from work or school, especially parents calling teen drivers.
  • If you do need to make an important call or respond to a text message, pull over to a safe place to do so.
  • If going cold turkey is too much of a stretch and you just can’t turn your phone off, consider using one of the available mobile phone apps that holds calls and incoming texts.

“We just want drivers to use some common sense when they’re behind the wheel and focus on driving,” said Murphy.  “Think about the vast majority of calls and texts you send or receive everyday.  Were any really worth a $159 ticket – or worse, a crash, injury or death?  It’s just not worth it.”