Police Focusing On Distracted and Drunk Driving

LA MESA -- Police have issued 82 distracted driving tickets this month and are issuing a warning about special drunk driving sweeps that will be occurring duirng the upcoming Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Warnings abound. See Traffic Information below.

 Case Highlights:

On 04/24/13 at approximately 9:52 p.m., three males, one armed with a handgun, robbed the Los Piňos Taco Shop located at 5660 Lake Murray Boulevard in La Mesa. The suspects entered the store and demanded cash. One of the suspects displayed a black semi-automatic handgun. After the clerk complied, the suspects left the store on foot toward the intersection of Lake Murray Boulevard and Cowles Mountain Boulevard. Officers searched the surrounding areas with assistance from San Diego Sheriff’s helicopter and a San Diego Sheriff’s canine unit, but were unable to locate the suspects. The investigation is ongoing. The suspects are described as:
Suspect #1: black male adult in his late teens or early 20s, approximately 5’10, 165 lbs., wearing dark pants, a dark gray hooded sweatshirt, and a black bandana over his face.
Suspect #2: black male adult in his late teens or early 20s, approximately 5’10, 165 lbs., wearing dark clothing, eye glasses, and a black bandana over his face. He was armed with a black semi-automatic handgun.
Suspect #3: black male adult in his late teens or early 20s, approximately 5’10, 165 lbs., wearing all dark clothing and a black bandana over his face.
If you have any information on this case, please call the La Mesa Police Department at (619) 667-1400 or Crime Stoppers’ anonymous toll-free tip line (888) 580-TIPS (or www.sdcrimestoppers.com).
Traffic Information:
The La Mesa Police Department is continuing its zero tolerance approach to drivers who let their attention be primarily focused on tasks other than driving. Since the beginning of the state-wide campaign on April 1st, 2013, La Mesa Police Officers have issued 82 citations for violations of talking on a cell phone or texting while driving. Locally, officers will focus extra DUI enforcement efforts this coming weekend with the celebration of Cinco De Mayo. The police department’s Traffic Unit will have extra officers on patrol watching for intoxicated drivers. Please have your plans for celebration include a designated driver or other alternatives to getting home safely.
Crime Prevention/Emergency Preparedness:
Smartphone Safety: A growing number of location-based tracking applications available for smart phones 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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