Hello to all from the Salida Police Department. As I know most everyone from Salida is hoping we see much more of the wet spring snow as we need the moisture. Our department has been busy so far well in to the spring time. Currently, we are in the hiring process for one police officer and a code enforcement employee. We hope to have the selection process done in March for the police officer and by April for the code enforcement employee.
As we roll into spring time and warmer weather, I wanted to address issues involving traffic safety and courtesy to all of our fine citizens. Salida has seen a lot of change over the past few years that involve different modes of transportation – including bicycles, skate boards, scooters, walkers, joggers, etc. When you take all of these various forms of “getting around” and add that to an amazingly busy downtown area, I see greater potential of accidents, and, at the very least, frustrated people. The speed limit in the lower downtown area is 15 mph or less depending on traffic/pedestrian conditions. I ask anyone driving vehicles or bicycles in this area to exercise caution as you drive in the downtown area – slowing down will give you time to see those pedestrians, bicyclist or the stop signs. A few suggestions to ease these concerns are for everyone to be very considerate of others as they travel along and exercise patience.
Another area of concern is the noise factor that some vehicles add to the area. What I see on this part is typically a faulty muffler system which is not permitted by law and for a good reason. Our department enforces these laws as we detect them and it can get expensive. If you have a faulty vehicle as described, get it fixed. It will be cheaper in the long run, and the folks who live and shop in the downtown area will greatly appreciate it.
I want to stress some safety rules for bicyclists and motorists, as we all need to share the roadways in a very safe manner. The one complaint I hear from a good deal of our citizens concerning bicycles is they do not obey the traffic laws. I will remind the bicyclists that they need to obey all the traffic laws as they apply to motor vehicles as well. The reason for this is very simple – SAFETY. If a bicyclist ignores stop intersections and someone gets harmed as a result, it is the bicyclist fault, which is no different than a driver of a vehicle ignoring the stop signs. Please keep safety in mind and teach others the necessity of safety as we use the public roadways. On the flip side, I hear from the bicyclists that vehicles do not give them enough room as the car passes or the driver gets angry and spews words out the window to the bicyclists. As a motor vehicle driver, you have a responsibility and obligation to avoid dangerous situations and to keep your cool as you use the roads. Please be considerate, this will go a long way for safety’s sake.
I ask each and every one to take an active part in making our community safe on the roads and in our neighborhoods. Our department appreciates your continued support. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me at 719 539 6880.