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Crime and punishment

Remember the case of Bryce Barker near Berthoud, Colorado? The 24 year old driving through rural Larimer County told the judge he stopped his car and threatened a trio of senior citizens with his baseball bat because he feared for his life. When Barker swung the bat, one of the oldsters held up his bike read more »

Another reckless driving prosecution in Santa Cruz County

Props to the Santa Cruz County Attorney’s Office, which once again defies the conventional wisdom when Assistant District Attorney Greg Peinado charged Brenda Alcala-Velador with a crime after she ran over a ten year old boy in Watsonville, California last March. Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge John Salazar ruled in a preliminary hearing yesterday read more »

“Sun in my eyes” is the root password of the vehicle code

A couple of weeks ago a friend was left crossed while bicycling in Campbell, CA. The driver of a Volvo station wagon made a left turn directly into the path of the cyclist, who was traveling at 20 MPH when he hit the car. That’s fast for a bike, but well below the typical 40 read more »

Driving is a get out of jail for murder card in the Bay Area

The Center for Investigative Journalism confirms something many of us already suspect. The Berkeley based non-profit news agency analyzed five years worth of data from 434 pedestrian fatalities in Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, San Mateo and San Francisco counties. Sixty percent of the 238 motorists found to be at fault or suspected of a read more »

Santa Cruz PD catch another bike thief

From the Sentinel police blotter for Thursday, January 17 2013: A 35-year-old man was arrested Tuesday after an officer saw him trying to remove a Specialized bike from a bike rack in a parking garage at 2030 North Pacific Ave., said Santa Cruz Deputy Police Chief Steve Clark. The officer saw Adam Michael Brightwell trying read more »

Economic theory of bike theft

Low return on investment, but zero risk of punishment means big incentive to steal bikes.