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LA MESA -- Despite public information campaigns and increased enforcement, alcohol-impaired driving remains a major killer on American roadways. State officials are considering lowering the threshold for determining when a driver is driving impaired. In the meantime, special enforcement efforts are being planned in La Mesa for the Memorial Day Weekend. See Traffic Information below.
On May 17, 2013 a citizen reported seeing three subjects tagging a wall in the 8100 block of La Mesa Boulevard. La Mesa Police officers responded and were able to locate the three subjects as they were leaving in a vehicle. All three subjects were arrested for felony vandalism and booked into jail. The police are still investigating the case and believe the three subjects may be responsible for other recent vandalisms in La Mesa.
In 2010, 10,228 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. These alcohol-impaired driving fatalities accounted for 31 percent of the total motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States. Traffic fatalities in alcohol-impaired driving crashes decreased by 4.9 percent from 10,759 in 2009 to 10,228 in 2010. The alcohol-impaired driving fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT) decreased to 0.34 in 2010 from 0.36 in 2009. An average of one alcohol-impaired driving fatality occurred every 51 minutes in 2010. Drivers are considered to be alcohol-impaired when their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08 or higher. The State is currently looking at REDUCING this down to a .05%! For now, any crash involving a driver with a BAC of .08 or higher is considered to be an alcohol-impaired driving crash. Despite these recent reductions, we need everyone’s help to continue reducing drinking and driving.
This coming weekend, during the Memorial Day celebrations, the La Mesa Police Department will be joining other San Diego County law enforcement agencies in putting extra officers on the streets looking for impaired drivers.
Crime Prevention/Emergency Preparedness: Your personal safety should always be a priority when you are out and about to limit your chance of becoming a victim. Always walk with your head up, scanning in front and behind you. Make eye contact with every person that passes you. No matter what time of day, don’t be distracted from your surroundings by wearing headphones, talking on the phone, or texting. Confidence and awareness will make you less of a target to criminals. Only take with you the personal items you truly need for the day. When possible, women should keep cash, a credit card and ID in the front pocket of your pants rather than using a purse. If someone is making a request from you, whether asking for the time or for money, answer quickly and walk away. Don’t be sympathetic or engage in conversation. It’s OK to be rude if you don’t feel comfortable. If you do become victimized, run and make as much noise as you can. Only if necessary, target one body part of the assailant, such as the eyes, throat or groin, with purpose and follow through, and then run. Call the Police when you are able, or ask someone to call for you. For more information on personal safety, contact the Crime Prevention Unit, 667-7545.
Help solve a cold Homicide case: http://www.cityoflamesa.com/DocumentView.aspx?DID=2487