Special Enforcement Leads To 59 Speeding Tickets

LA MESA -- Making use of a grant for stepped up enforcement, the La Mesa police on Friday ran special anti-speeding sweeps while shoppers were busy heading to and from Black Friday shopping events.

The "Traffic Safety Enforcement Program,'' police said in a press release is aimed at keeping people safe during the holidays and officers wrote 59 speeding tickets during Friday's special enforcement effort.

In addition to 59 speeding tickets,  officers gave 11 warnings for lesser traffic offenses in a six hour period on Friday morning. Funding for this operation was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. More details below under "Traffic Information."

Case Highlights:
On November 23, 2012, at approximately 4:07 AM, Grossmont Mall Security observed a suspicious vehicle in the mall parking. Two men were observed tampering with a vehicle before leaving the mall parking lot in a silver 2-door sedan. Grossmont Security relayed the information to La Mesa Police and officers responded to the area. Approximately an hour later, La Mesa Police Officers observed the silver 2-door sedan return to the Grossmont Center Mall. The officers affected a traffic stop and detained the occupants. Additional officers met with Target Asset Protection Agents and together they reviewed surveillance video. The video revealed the two male suspects forcing entry into a white pick-up truck parked in the Target lot, removing property, and fleeing the area in the silver 2-door sedan. Both suspects were arrested.
La Mesa Police Department works in partnership with Security and businesses at Grossmont Center. This cooperation and partnership continue to enable proactive efforts and the apprehension of offenders during the holiday shopping season. Anyone with information regarding suspected criminal activity is encouraged to call the La Mesa Police Department.
Traffic Information:
The La Mesa Police Department conducted its first of many to come traffic safety enforcement operations last Friday, November 23, 2012. During the morning hours of “Black Friday”, when streets were crowded with holiday bargain hunters, 5 extra officers were on patrol trying to make sure people were not speeding. Between the hours of 6:00am and 12:00 pm these officers still found and cited 59 people for driving excessively fast and in violation of law. The officers also issued 11 warnings for lesser traffic offenses. Since speeding is a top accident causing violation in La Mesa we will continue to take a zero-tolerance approach to the problem. Additional similar operations are planned for the next coming weeks. Please slow down in order to stay safe and ticket free!
Crime Prevention/Emergency Preparedness:
Going out of town this holiday season? Take some precautions now to protect your home while you are away! Let a trusted neighbor or friend know the dates you will be gone. Arrange to have them pick up mail, packages, and newspapers. Use timers on interior lights to turn them on and off at logical intervals. Check that all windows and doors are closed and locked before leaving, even second story windows and doors leading to an attached garage. Tell the La Mesa Police when you will be out of town and a member of our Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol will stop by to check on your house. To download a copy of the Vacation Check form, go to www.cityoflamesa.com and search “Vacation Check” or visit the Police Station at 8085 University Avenue between 8am and 5pm, Monday through Friday. Contact the Crime Prevention Unit at 667-7545 for more information.
Department Information:
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Comment by David Stanley on November 27, 2012 at 9:35am

Now, I agree completely about reducing speed and the fact that many people, out of stupidity and thoughtlessness, continue to speed. This as well as talk on cell phones, text, shave, apply makeup, read newspapers, etc, etc. Would that these mindless acts could be quelled, however, its not going to happen. Sorry. When I was commissioned as a Peace Officer many years ago and began my training, "Traffic Control" was taught all young officers that the application was to support the "3 Es" - Education, Engineering and Enforcement. I worked for several decades applying this concept but watched all about me as my own and all other police departments perverted this. San Diego Police Dept, as most of my time was spent there, rapidly degenerated, at the behest of city government, into a revenue generating machine. Likewise all other departments. The more tickets written the more money generated, PERIOD. Oh sure, there are instances where enforcement is really needed but is applied sketchily and quite often out of "Gotcha" rather than actual law enforcement. That La Mesa PD issued 59 speeding citations, at first blush, would appear just swell, however, have you looked at the actual circumstances? "Black Friday" arrives, people flock to questionable "sales", businesses encourage this activity. More cars on the street driven by more drivers with questionable skills and even less common sense, Shazam! What an opportunity for La Mesa PD to clean up revenue wise!.

No. I reject their claim of "safety" and see, rather, the money grab. I know from actual experience in the field that this is the ultimate goal. Parking tickets, by the way, are the exact same effort, NOT Education, Engineering or Enforcement!

I know readers will say, "Harumph" but those same Harumphers are the ignorant ones who actually believe this story and have never actually been involved apart from their own speeding, phone calls, texting, makeup, newspapers and shaving.  "Traffic Control", in most cases is not about control but more more instead. There you are.

Comment by David Smyle on November 26, 2012 at 8:53pm

Now let me get this straight.  The police get a grant to write speeding tickets, otherwise, they don't write them?  Wouldn't it be more efficient to place some of the portable speed warning digital signs or install permanent signs like the one on Fletcher Parkway near Dallas with the money from the grant freeing up the officers to do more important things?   Is there a problem with black Fridays in the past?  As far as I could tell, they would have done better writing tickets Thursday night since that is when all the traffic was.  Friday morning was dead.  So my tax dollars go to the police to do a job they are already paid to do.  Am I the only one not seeing a problem here?  As  Spock would say, "this is highly illogical Captain".


Comment by Lisa Moore on November 26, 2012 at 3:25pm

Spring St. from I-8 to I-94 is a freeway on it's own....hardly anyone pays attention to the 30 & 40 mph signs.  SLOW down!!

Comment by Joniene Swick on November 26, 2012 at 10:55am

Good. People drive TOO fast on University Avenue as well. Note: There are houses on this street. We have pets and kids too! Please slow down!

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