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Got a Safety Queston? Officer Shane Offers Witty Responses

It all started with a simple request.

Officer Shane

“Please turn off your blinker if you’re not going to turn,” Anaheim Police motor officer Shane Spielman wrote on his Facebook page about two weeks ago.

The post generated dozens of responses – and some friendly questions about the rules of the road.

“What’s the deal with cops and donuts?” one friend asked.

“Back in the day before 7-11 and Starbucks were on every corner,” Spielman responded, “the only place a graveyard shift cop could get a cup of coffee was a donut shop… nowadays, it’s bagels and vanilla soy lattes with extra foam.”

Spielman hit a nerve. He created a Facebook page, called “Officer Shane Says,” with the goal of encouraging safer driving habits.

Within a week, more than 300 people signed up. And the questions haven’t stopped.

“Dear Officer Shane, can you write a ticket for a stop sign violation if the stop sign is in a private parking lot?” John asked.

“And what about red curbs (in private lots?),” added Diane.

The answer: no tickets. “However, the property owner or his/her agent can private-party impound the vehicle if it’s not conforming to the rules,” he responded.

Is it “legal to hang a parking permit or rosary or car perfume, lucky crystal at the rear view mirror,” asked Earlie.

Spielman’s response included the vehicle code for “material obstructing or reducing the driver’s view.”

“If the crystal is so lucky, shouldn’t you keep it in your pocket?” he asked.

A Servite High School graduate and 10-year Anaheim PD veteran, Spielman said he’s committed to answering all reasonable questions.

“Are radar detectors legal?” Diane asked.

They are. “But radar jammers are not!” he said.

Join the conversation by clicking the “like” button on the ‘Officer Shane Says’ Facebook page.

Or visit Behind the Badge. Every Friday, we will publish select questions and responses.

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