I’ve just asked the Newport Beach Police Department to provide traffic accident and traffic violation data for the last several years.
I’m looking for numbers and descriptions of car vs. bicycle accidents, as well as enforcement details of certain California Vehicle Code and Newport Beach Municipal Code sections that motorists might think of as “No Harm, No Foul” violations. But as I explain below, they are not.
With that in mind, I have asked if the Newport Beach Police Department could provide the following:
- Historical motor vehicle vs. bicycle accident data in Newport Beach
In addition, I have asked if the Department could provide “ticketing” numbers or some other tabulation of motor vehicle code violations / infractions in Newport Beach for the last three years. The specific violations I am curious about are:
- Traffic tickets issued for violations of California Vehicle Code sections:
-21209: Driving in a bike lane
-21211: Stopping in a bike lane
-21703: Following too closely
-23123: Using a handheld phone while driving
-23123.5: Texting while driving
- Traffic tickets issued for violations of Newport Beach Municipal Code section 12.56.060 – parking in a bike lane
Not knowing how records of these traffic tickets would be kept, I understand that data may not be readily available in the format requested and so I have asked whether I need to clarify the request, and have asked the Department to let me know if there is other data that may be helpful to the effort (which I describe below).