Distracted Driving Tickets Surpass 100 Mark

LA MESA -- The police crackdown on texting and cell phoning while driving continues with more than 105 tickets issued since January. See Traffic Information below.

Case Highlights: On April 5, 2013 at approximately 10:20 AM, La Mesa Police responded to a radio call of a residential burglary in progress in the 4600 block of Edenvale Avenue. The suspects were described as two teenagers, one wearing a plaid shirt. The surrounding area was checked with the assistance of ASTREA. The suspects were not located and the investigation is ongoing. 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:
“Distracted Driving” facts survey:
Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America's roadways. In 2010 alone, over 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving crashes.
Cell phone talking and texting were cited by 51.5 percent of respondents as being the biggest safety problems, up from 38.8 percent in 2011 and only 18.3 percent in 2010.
Sixty percent say that they have been hit or nearly hit by someone talking or texting on a cell phone, while nearly 45 percent admit to making a driving mistake while talking on a cell phone.
Since January 1, 2013 the La Mesa Police Department’s Traffic Unit has conducted several distracted driving enforcement operations, citing 105 drivers for talking on their cell phones and 17 drivers for texting while driving. One text or call could wreck it all.
Crime Prevention/Emergency Preparedness: Every second Tuesday of the month, the La Mesa Police Department hosts a free training and networking meeting for La Mesa apartment managers and owners. This monthly meeting allows multi-family housing professionals to work in partnership with the La Mesa Police to create proactive solutions to criminal activity on rental properties. On Tuesday April 9, 2013 at noon, Maggie Eggars, from EDCO Disposal, will review important recycling tips and information for multi-family residences. The La Mesa Apartment Manager Meeting is held in the Community Room of the Police Station, at 8085 University Avenue. Call the Crime Prevention Unit for more information at 667-7545.
  Department Information:
Help solve a cold Homicide case: http://www.cityoflamesa.com/DocumentView.aspx?DID=2487

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