Analysis of Motorist and Cyclist Citations Suggest Insufficient Law Enforcement: Park Rangers issued only 325 Citations

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According to CA State Parks Statistical Reports, there have been over a million motor vehicle/bicycle – based visitors from 2010 to July 2021. According to the Supervising Ranger: “We have right around a half a million people per year that visit Mount Diablo State Park.” 

2010 - 30 citations Park Rangers issued 295 citations - 2010 to 2018

14 drivers received citations for violating - CVC 21752a (Overtaking & Passing), CVC 21650 (Driving on the wrong side of the road) and 21658 (Unsafe lane change)

17 cyclists received citations for riding a bicycle while wearing headphones.

Cyclists may have been profiled; 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. A significant number of citations were issued to cyclists for entering the Park early, wearing headphones, basic speed and stop sign violations.  Apparently, “a former Park ranger aggressively issued citations to cyclists.”

2011 - 37 citations
2012 - 49 citations
2013 - 58 citations
2014 - 62 citations
2015 - 39 citations
2016 - 14 citations
2017 - 6 citations
2018 - 4 citations Park Rangers issued 30 citations – 2018 to July 2021

5 citations were issued to motorists for violation of CVC 21752 (Failure to Drive on Right Half of Roadway/Driving Left of Center), CVC 21650 (driving on the wrong side of the road)

1 citation was issued to a Park visitor for violation of CVC  22350 (Speeding)

2019 - 5 citations
2020 - 0 citations (No record of any citations issued?)
2021 - 21 citations (As of July 21st)*
*The 21 citations in 2021 were issued by Rangers on duty in the afternoon (14:00 to Sunset/Closing). Apparently, Rangers on duty in the morning (0700 hrs. to 1400 hrs.) did NOT issue any citations