Jun 7, 2013

Why don't Sandusky police officers arrest people illegally riding bicycles?

I constantly see bicyclists riding around Sandusky at night without a reflector. It's hard to see them, and I don't want to run them over. Are Sandusky police officers concerned about this? Mike in Sandusky

Sandusky police Chief John Orzech said his staff is actively seeking out bicyclists who illegally pedal around Sandusky .

He provided the following answer:

The Sandusky Police Department does take active enforcement action on the subjects that are operating a bicycle at night, without the proper headlights and reflectors, as it is a very dangerous safety issue for not only the person operating the bicycle but also the operator of a motor vehicle.

As part of some of the job duties of our patrol officers, we are to ensure safe roadways for the public to travel. This is only one small example of the necessity to enforce traffic, motor vehicle, bicycle and motorcycle laws — as deadly consequences can occur if a person is struck on a bicycle by a vehicle, when the driver of the motor vehicle can't see them.

These encounters are as dangerous to officers, as in the tragic death of Officer Andrew Dunn in an attempt to stop a bicyclist.

Dunn was killed in March 2011 when he pulled over Kevin Randleman, who rode a bicycle at night without a reflector. The two exchange shots, with Dunn sustaining fatal wounds.

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Comments

Good 2 B Me

Same Reason that Perkins never stops anyone on 250 riding the wrong way. They really don't care. I have seen them literally look the other way like they did not see it, dozens of times.

OH-IO

Same reason they nevr arrested us when we were kids.

JMOP

Arrest? That's a harsh punishment for such a stupid law. Don't ya think Mike of Sandusky?

h20guy

I agree, in that logic why don't we arrest people when they're speeding, they're breaking the law right?

Nemesis

How quickly people forget. SPD does enforce this - to the extent that an officer literally gave his life to enforce this very violation.

phroggy

Nothing chaps my behind more than a bicycle on a state route.

sandusky2012

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chongo

Not to mention how the center turn lane on 250 is always used as a merging lane and not a turn lane.. always waiting to see a head on one day.

sandfreak13

BESIDES IT DOESN'T REALLY MATTER ANYWAY WHEN THE BIKERS ARE RUNNING RED LIGHTS THEMSELVES, WHY WE GOTTA WATCH OUT FOR THEM WHEN THEY ALREADY PUT THEMSELVES IN DANGER... GOT NO SYMPATHY FOR THE BIKERS WHO DO THAT!

Just Sayin IMHO

I gotta agree with you there about the bikers. Look twice to save a life is in place because some (yes, SOME, not all) bikers abuse their speed and maneuverability and the rest of us have to just sit there and smile at them and try to maneuver our own vehicle - that weighs so much more than a bike - to keep from hitting them.

2cents

(Why don't Sandusky police officers arrest people illegally riding bicycles?)

Andy Dunn tried!

starryeyes83

Agreed!

gene44870

They do , but they cant be everywhere at once , when they see it they stop them . I know of two that where stopped and recieved warnings . .You have to remember that just cause you see one , dont mean that the police does . and now that summer is approching us and more people are out and about , theres going to be more crime and they can not tie themselves up writing a ticket for no lights on a bike when they should be over somewhere stopping a mugger or a armed robber or something else .

JERRY from SANDUSKY

A few days back on Columbus and Perkins Avenue I saw two bicycles five black kids riding them broad daylight

OH-IO

The color of the kids has nothing to do with it but why didn't you do the good citizen thing and do a citizen's arrest or call the police? If your not part of the solution your part of the problem.

he said she said

They will 'As time permits'