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Corona del Mar Today: Caltrans stripes highway to prevent illegal left turns

July 28, 2012|By Amy Senk, Corona del Mar Today
  • Caltrans crews began adding striping to the median near the Shake Shack on Wednesday because of motorists making illegal left turns.
Caltrans crews began adding striping to the median near… (AMY SENK, Corona…)

California Department of Transportation crews began adding striping to the median near the Shake Shack on Wednesday because of motorists making illegal left turns, an official for the department has confirmed.

A maintenance work order was submitted to install 800 feet of 12-inch yellow diagonal striping in the median, according to an email from David Richardson, a spokesman for Caltrans District 12.

A traffic engineering group visited the location and made the striping recommendation after a complaint from a Corona del Mar resident, Richardson said.

The resident said that Shake Shack customers regularly make left turns, despite signs warning that left turns are not permitted.

"Sit there for two minutes, and you'll see someone making that illegal turn," the resident said.

The left turns have not caused traffic accidents or resulted in an unusual number of citations, Richardson said in a telephone interview.

The striping work will cost $2,163, Richardson said.

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"This change is being made after a engineering assessment as well as our normal process of responding to citizens concerns and requests when appropriate," he said.

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Citizens police academy accepting applications

The Newport Beach Police Department's Citizen Police Academy is accepting applications for its next session that begins Sept. 20.

About 10 spots are available for the academy, which will meet from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. for 12 consecutive Thursdays. About 30 adults who live or work in Newport Beach may take the classes.

The classes are not meant to prepare citizens for real police academies, but rather to increase participants' understanding of how the Police Department operates, spokeswoman Kathy Lowe said.

Participants will meet the chief, tour the station, take a ride-along, make simulated car stops, see demonstrations by the SWAT team and helicopter crews, and learn about crime scene investigation techniques and fingerprinting.

City Councilman Rush Hill participated in a recent academy and called the experience "educational, exciting and fun."

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