Santa Barbara Police Motor Officer Injured in Collision

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Santa Barbara Police Motor Officer Injured in Collision
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Update by Santa Barbara Police Department

On July 2, 2020 at about 12:50 PM a Santa Barbara Police Motor Officer was on patrol in the 3000 block of Foothill Road. He was traveling eastbound at about 30-35 miles per hour approaching the intersection of Foothill Road and Alamar Avenue when a sedan traveling westbound made a left turn directly into the police motorcycle as both vehicles entered the intersection. The Officer was ejected off of the motorcycle, flying over the sedan and landing on the asphalt next to the driver’s doorway. The Officer sustained moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, where he was treated and released hours later.
 
The driver of the sedan, a woman in her twenties was driving with a learner’s permit and was being observed by an adult male front passenger. She stated she thought she had enough time to safely make the left turn. Neither person in the sedan sustained injuries.

 

 

Reported by Roger the Scanner Guy
12:48 p.m., July 2, 2020
 

Officer down in a traffic collision near Alamar and Foothill Road.

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a-1593936779 Jul 05, 2020 01:12 AM
Santa Barbara Police Motor Officer Injured in Collision

I was older when I learned to drive, and just as well! Having an instinct to try to make a turn instead of the instinct to be careful, to take your time, to think, is not a good sign. I only hope she learns from this. Or maybe she's traumatized enough to put it off another year!

a-1593816502 Jul 03, 2020 03:48 PM
Santa Barbara Police Motor Officer Injured in Collision

OHHHHHHH, when you put it that way, everything is fine. Wait. No. Most people never damage anyone's property, never mind almost kill a police officer, when learning to drive.

a-1593901970 Jul 04, 2020 03:32 PM
Santa Barbara Police Motor Officer Injured in Collision

Makes my own 15-year-old kid learning-to-drive incident of tapping someone's bumper from behind, while at a stop and driving my parents' old Cadillac Calais, seem much less traumatic now. My "adult driver" was my Mom and she said to me, "That's okay. You're still learning. Just don't ever do it again." The High Schools really should bring back Driver's Ed and Driver's Training classes. (Having loving, understanding parents doesn't hurt, either.)

Emmenanthe Jul 03, 2020 11:12 AM
Santa Barbara Police Motor Officer Injured in Collision

Hope the officer will be OK long term. Sounds as thought the adult male supervising the learner's driving was not paying attention (nice interpretation) or was incredibly irresponsible to OK the turn - in front of a motorcycle!

x01660 Jul 03, 2020 06:15 AM
Santa Barbara Police Motor Officer Injured in Collision

Glad the officer is ok. I REALLY wish Sheriff and SBPD motorcycle officers would wear ATGATT... they have enough money for a Bearcat, full riot gear, ATVs, helicopters with FLIR, etc, but they can't put their officers in full gear; hell, they dont even wear a motorcycle jacket... not good. Y'all should look into that for your officers...

a-1593804148 Jul 03, 2020 12:22 PM
Santa Barbara Police Motor Officer Injured in Collision

I bet they own the equipment already and actively choose not to wear it. Probably gets "too hot" and is "too uncomfortable," like many motorcycle riders complain and use to justify their choice not to wear ATGATT. Foolish.

a-1593804238 Jul 03, 2020 12:23 PM
Santa Barbara Police Motor Officer Injured in Collision

Regular old sedans will do, e.g. the newer Chevys (?) the SBPD has. A few SUVs are nice to have, but we don't need our whole police fleet to be comprised of unreasonably expensive, gas-hog SUVs.

a-1593902316 Jul 04, 2020 03:38 PM
Santa Barbara Police Motor Officer Injured in Collision

LUVADUCK. Riding my bike through the Santa Barbara Cemetery used to one of my great pleasures. And good therapy, too. Then, inexplicably, such riding was banned from the property. Too bad, because it was very relaxing and made one think how minor one's problems really are compared to being long gone underground or interred a vault.

Luvaduck Jul 03, 2020 08:37 AM
Santa Barbara Police Motor Officer Injured in Collision

Did that really happen? In their 70's, Mom and Nelly rode their Schwins through the cemetery gabbing awayand collided. It took a grounds keeper to untangle them and get them to their feet. Except for some bruises and a scrape or two they were fine--but never lived it down!

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