Parking Predicament Prevention: Tip #3

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Throughout our daily activities at the Police Department we come across people who say, “Really? I didn’t know that!”  Often those statements come from people who have just received a parking ticket.  To help keep you parking ticket free we will be posting Parking Predicament Prevention tips.

Tip #3

Did you know it is illegal to park on a sidewalk?

The reason is sidewalks are for pedestrians, and if there’s a car parked on the sidewalk it forces pedestrians to step into the road to go around.  That includes parking partly in your driveway but having the rest of your car on the sidewalk, or putting two wheels on the sidewalk and two wheels on the road.  Also, in some residential areas, especially in older or downtown areas, there’s a planting strip between the curb and the sidewalk.  This is also in illegal place to park a car.

Have You Seen the Signs?

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Heads Up to Drivers: Traffic Enforcement Ahead

Grand Junction drivers will notice something new along two heavily traveled roads: signs warning of “Traffic Enforcement Ahead.”  The new signs are part of a concentrated effort targeting locations where we see the highest number of crashes in the City, and are posted currently along Patterson Rd. from 7th St. to 28 ¼ Rd. and North Ave. from 1st St. to 12th St.

 In addition to the signs, expect increased traffic enforcement at three intersections that also see frequent crashes: 28 Rd. and North Ave., 4th St. and Ute Ave., and 5th St. and Pitkin Ave.

Officers will be on the lookout for a list of traffic violations, including speeding, red light running, following too closely, turning left in front of oncoming traffic, and unsafe lane changes.

Over the last couple of years the Traffic Unit has increased its targeted enforcement in areas that experience large amounts of crashes, as well as in areas where we hear complaints from the public.  As a result, we saw 268 fewer accidents in 2010 compared to 2009.  That equates to a nearly 11% decline in the number of crashes in the City.

For more information about the number and locations of traffic crashes in Grand Junction visit http://www.gjcity.org/CityDeptWebPages/PublicWorksAndUtilities/TransportationEngineering/TEFilesThatLINKintoDWStoreHere/AccidentReports.htm

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A Parks crew hangs a Police Week banner on Grand Junction City Hall

162. 

That is the number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty nationwide in 2010.  The death of Deputy Sam Brownlee from the Weld County Sheriff’s Office last November is among those in that list.  In fact, at least one Colorado officer has been added to that list every year for a while now.

It’s officers like Deputy Brownlee and all of the men and women who gave their lives to protect our communities that we honor this week, National Police Week.  Every day men and women put on the uniform and head to work, not knowing what they will face that day, but they do it because they love their communities and the people in them.

There are some sobering numbers in the annual report by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.  We saw a spike in the number of deaths in 2010, which comes after two years of decline.  Although traffic fatalities are still the number one cause of line of duty deaths, firearm fatalities increased 24% in 2010, with 61 officers shot and killed.  And so far in 2011, we are already seeing an increase over the 2010 numbers, with total fatalities so far sitting at 71.

In Grand Junction we, law enforcement, are fortunate to have good support from our community.  We see it often and appreciate the thanks we hear from our residents.  We hope that you will join us for the annual Police Week Memorial Vigil on Thursday, May 19 at 7:30pm outside of Grand Junction City Hall.  This event grows each year, and this year the plans include a lot to see and experience, complete with the Combined Honor Guard, the Appleton Acoustic Angels Choir, the Veterans Memorial Bell, a 21-gun salute, and a number of police and fire vehicles.  The heads of our local law enforcement will be there as well, and we hope to see you there too.  The whole event usually takes less than an hour, but it is a great way to pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Below are photos from last year’s Police Week Memorial Vigil.

Shred Your Documents While Helping Fight Cancer

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The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, with support from local law enforcement agencies including the GJPD, is offering this great service to help you safely get rid of your documents and to keep you personal information out of the hands of identity thieves.  The shredding is a FREE service, however donations will be accepted to help out the local Cops Against Cancer Relay for Life team, which is raising money to help fight cancer.   With a Wild-West theme for this year’s Relay for Life, this multiple agency team is “Gun’in for a Cure”, and could use your support.  What better way to protect yourself while helping people battling this life-threatening disease!

For more information about the Cops Against Cancer team contact Sheridan O’Leary at 244-3598 or sheridan@gjcity.org.

Parking Predicament Prevention: Tip #2

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Throughout our daily activities at the Police Department we come across people who say, “Really? I didn’t know that!”  Often those statements come from people who have just received a parking ticket.  To help keep you parking ticket free we will be posting Parking Predicament Prevention tips.

Tip #2

Did you know it is illegal to park within 20 feet of a crosswalk?

The reason is cars need to be able to easily see people who may be entering a crosswalk, and people crossing the street need to be able to easily see if any vehicles are coming their way.

May 2011 Western Slope Honor Flight

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This morning more than 100 World War II veterans made the trip to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials built in their honor.  We were again honored to be part of their sendoff, and are excited to be part of their return tomorrow (May 5th) at about 6:15 pm at the Grand Junction Regional Airport.  The entire community is invited to welcome the veterans home, so we hope to see you there.  It’s a very emotional experience for everyone involved, and the amount of patriotism is awe-inspiring.  You can get a sense of what to expect by reading our blog from the last flight, check out our photos from this morning on our Facebook page, or visit the Western Slope Honor Flight website.