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Are Golf Carts on Sidewalks Legal?

Anaheim motor officer Shane Spielman isn’t the only APD expert on the
rules of the road.

An Orange County Register reader asked this week whether he could
drive his slow-moving electric golf cart on the sidewalk from his mobile
home park to church.

The reporter turned to traffic supervisor Sgt. Mike Foster for the
answer.

“The short answer is that he may not drive the cart on a public
sidewalk to and from church,” Foster told the newspaper.

To read Foster’s entire response – and the rest of the paper’s traffic
safety column – click here.

City Leaders Celebrate Anti-Graffiti Effort’s Improvement of Anaheim Neighborhood

OC Register photo

Dozens of community members this weekend cleaned up the Balsam-Curtis
neighborhood for the fourth time this year – and then celebrated the
neighborhood’s improvement with a barbecue.

Anaheim PD’s Cops 4 Kids, city recreation leaders and bookmobile
librarians set up tents and talked with kids about programs the city
has to offer. The effort was organized by Anaheim Rotary, the police
department and Anaheim Beautiful.

“Our hope is that kids will pick up a book instead of spray cans and
focus on positive things,” Marty De Sollar, a city spokeswoman, told
the Orange County Register.

To read the Register’s story about the effort, click here.

Officer Shane Says Don’t Tint Front Windows of Vehicles

Motor officer Shane Spielman has seen it all during his 10 years patrolling the streets of Anaheim. Laws change. But bad drivers remain.

Officer Shane

He wants to make our streets safer. Got a question?

He’s got an answer.

Julio asked, “Officer Shane, are all levels of window tinting against the law or just some; how dark is too dark (referring to driver side and passenger windows)?”

Officer Shane says, “The California Vehicle Code says you can’t have any tint on the front side windows or the front windshield…

Jeane asked, “Is it legal to make a left turn crossing over two solid yellow lines?”

Officer Shane says, “As long it is not a business district, it is legal to make a left turn over one set of double yellow lines. It is illegal to make a left over two sets of double yellow lines separated by two or more feet. This would constitute a painted center divider.”

You can reach Officer Shane on Facebook or at sspielman@anaheim.net.

* Behind the Badge publishes highlight’s from Officer Shane Says’ Facebook page on Fridays.

1,500 Attend Angel Game to Support Randy Quick

When the image of Anaheim police officer Randy Quick flashed on the scoreboard at Angel Stadium tonight, cheers erupted.

The team’s president John Carpino donated 1,500 tickets throughout the stadium to the Anaheim Police Association, which is heading up efforts to support Quick, who collapsed during the department’s run from Baker to Vegas two months ago.

What was initially thought to be dehydration turned out to be a condition known as rhabdomyolysis – a rapid breakdown of skeletal muscle.

“The Angels are amazing,” said Sgt. Rick Martinez. “Thank you to our hometown baseball team and 1,500 friends who were there to support one of our own.”

To read an outstanding Orange County Register story about tonight’s game – and about how the APD family has rallied around the Quick family, click here.

Angels Sluggers Honor Kids for Posting Big Attendance Numbers

Anaheim Sgt. Juan Reveles with students from Walter Elementary

Growing up with a rough crowd in Arkansas, Torii Hunter says he could’ve strayed into a life of drugs like his father.

Instead, he kept busy playing sports – and avoiding the wrath of his mother, a school teacher.

On Monday, the Angels’ star centerfield said those decisions were key to his success.

“School is very important,” he said to 500 cheering children. “What you do will affect you later.”

Hunter, slugger Bobby Abreu, District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and police officials from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and Anaheim, Orange and Buena Park police departments honored the formerly “at risk” children, ages 9-13, for great attendance – and avoiding gangs. Each child received an Angels cap, admission to the game and an exclusive and inspiring chat with the sluggers.

The students cheered when the players jumped on the dugout

“We are blessed to have a community partner like the Angels,” said Anaheim Police Lt. Mark Cyprien. “Being in a position to honor these children – many of whom had one foot in a gang – reenforces that they are making the right decisions when choosing to go to school.”

Their ticket in?

They had to improve their attendance and grades – and stay out of trouble.

Torii Hunter and Bobby Abreu share stories from their childhood

David Santos, a sixth-grader at Walter Elementary, said the Gang Reduction and Intervention Partnership’s mentor program has helped him.

Katie Morel, his mentor and a Walter first-grade teacher, opened her classroom to him and his friends after school. She’s taken him to movies, pizza and on other outings – at her own expense.

“The gangs are always coming up to me asking me where I’m from,” he said. “This keeps us busy and gives us a place to hang out after school away from the gangs.”

When asked about getting an evening at Angels stadium as a reward, he said, “It’s awesome,” adding Hunter is his favorite player.

He might like him even more after Monday’s outing.

Hunter and Abreu invited the children to attend a second game – as their guests.

To read Orange County Register reporter Eric Carpenter’s coverage, click here.

Walter Elementary teacher Katie Morel mentored Omar Higareda, 8, Juan Cruz, 13, and David Santos, 12

Violation of Hands-Free to Use Your Shoulders?

Motor officer Shane Spielman has seen it all during his 10 years patrolling the streets of Anaheim. Laws change. But bad drivers remain.

Officer Shane

He wants to make our streets safer. Got a question about the rules of the road?

He’s got an answer.

Amy asked, “Hey, am I in violation of the hand’s free law if I use my shoulder to hold my phone to my ear?”

Officer Shane says, “Hands free and shoulder free are the same!!!”

Sandy asked: “My neighbor has decided they don’t want anyone to park in front of their house, so they painted the curb red. Is that legal?”

Officer Shane says, “No, the city or county owns the curb.”

Bob asked: “Is it legal to drive barefoot?”

Officer Shane says, “It’s OK to drive barefoot…No laws making it illegal…I wouldn’t suggest doing it while riding a motorcycle though!!!”

You can reach him on Facebook or at sspielman@anaheim.net.

* Behind the Badge publishes highlight’s from Officer Shane Says’ Facebook page on Fridays.

APD Targets Car Burglars

A recent series of car burglaries in the resort area has led the Tourism-Oriented Policing team to step up patrols.

Det. Dave Wiggins talks to KABC-TV reporter Eileen Frere

The thieves are looking for GPS devices and other electronics devices in plain view.

For the past two months, officers have placed flyers on vehicle windshields with tips on how to avoid break-ins. They’ve also warned tourism officials.

“This is a cyclical thing,” Det. Dave Wiggins told KABC-TV. “Relatively new technology, it’s easy to steal, it’s easy to flip on the street.”

Among the tips: hide valuables, devices and other accessories from view.

To view KABC’s story, click here.