Patterson Police Deputy Terence Shadel recently finished a six-week motorcycle traffic school training and is currently awaiting a traffic motorcycle for patrol. He joins Deputy Robert Banks, who currently patrols Patterson streets on a motorcycle.
Shadel is already doing traffic duty in a patrol car around Patterson.
On the afternoon of Thursday, Dec. 5, Shadel was on patrol with Banks on Walnut Avenue near Millwood Drive. He was there after receiving complaints of too many speeders in the area, which is residential with a school near the corner of Hartley Street and Walnut Avenue.
Shadel, who was behind the wheel, has served on patrol and street crimes for the previous seven and a half years spotted a White late model Dodge Charger doing more than 40 miles per hour in the 25 mph zone.
He let the car pass, did a fast u-turn and hit the gas pedal in pursuit with his lights flashing.
It was one of four tickets Shadel and Banks wrote in a 35-minute period on the road for speeders doing 41 mph to 47 mph in the 25 mph zone.
Banks said he’d targeted Walnut Avenue for speeders in 2012 for a month and wrote nearly 80 citations for exceeding the speed limit.
The duo averages 10 to 12 tickets a day each with some days reaching more than 20 tickets.
“My record is 26,” Banks stated, noting there is a lot of paper work that goes into being a traffic officer, which includes maintaining tracking and paperwork for grants from state and federal law enforcement agencies that help pay for traffic patrols.
The second traffic officer is welcome by Banks, who has been specifically patrolling the streets for speeders by himself for several years. Other patrol deputies pitch in, but they are also answering regular calls for service.
Shadel noted that Riverbank, similar in size to Patterson, has three traffic officers on the street—two on motorcycles and one in a car.