Grant Will Fund Extra Traffic Enforcement

LA MESA -- A state grant will probably cost some local motorists some big money soon. In this week's crime report, the La Mesa police announce they have received a $55,000 grant to pay for extra enforcement of speeding and distracted driving laws. See "Traffic Information" below.

Case Highlights:
La Mesa Police are currently searching for a suspect involved in a shooting on Amarillo Avenue. On October 4, 2012, at approximately 5:22 p.m. the La Mesa Police Department received reports of “shots heard” with someone on the ground in the area of 5800 Amarillo Avenue. Upon arrival, La Mesa Police Officers found a male lying on the ground with a one gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital and is in critical condition. The suspect has not been located. Anyone with information can earn up to $1,000 through Crime Stoppers while remaining anonymous. Anyone with information is urged to call the La Mesa Police Department at (619) 667-1400 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-580-8477.
Traffic Information:
The La Mesa Police Department has secured a $55,000.00 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to assist our agency with clamping down on speeders and “distracted” drivers. The Police Department’s Traffic Unit will be conducting “zero-tolerance” enforcement operations beyond normal patrols during the next twelve months targeting motorists who are driving at unsafe speeds and using cell phones and other handheld devices while driving. Speeding motorists are currently causing the majority of La Mesa’s injury traffic accidents and cell phone/texting violations are becoming more and more a contributing factor. In order to not receive a very expensive ticket, and more importantly to stay safe, don’t speed and don’t text and drive!
Crime Prevention/Emergency Preparedness:
Smartphone Safety: A growing number of location-based tracking applications available for smartphones and other devices make it easier than ever for you to show your friends and family where you are in real time. You can do a single “check in” at a restaurant or set your phone to update where you are as you move from location to location. By allowing location-based tracking on your phone, you are notifying people when you are not at home. Avoid posting or sharing vacation pictures until after you return. Prior to downloading applications, determine if location tracking will be used. Check social media privacy settings to control how much information you and your family are sharing. For more information contact the Crime Prevention Unit at (619) 667-7545.
Department Information:
Help solve a cold Homicide case: http://www.cityoflamesa.com/DocumentView.aspx?DID=2487

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