In mid-November, the La Mesa Police Department was awarded a from the California Office of Traffic Safety to help make La Mesa streets safer.
For the past two Fridays, police have been operating the “Traffic Safety Enforcement Program," which relies on heavy enforcement and public education as a means to help reduce deaths and injuries on local roadways.
As a result of its operation, LMPD wrote 59 speeding tickets and gave 11 warnings for lesser traffic offenses in a six-hour period Friday, Nov. 23.
A week later, Nov. 30, police aggressively enforced the state’s “Distracted Driving” laws, and wrote 32 tickets for persons either talking on their cell phone or texting while driving, 13 tickets for other hazardous driving violations and gave 13 warnings for lesser traffic offenses in a six-hour period.
"Our citizens expect and deserve a quality of life that is not affected by unsafe acts upon the roadway," said La Mesa Police Chief Ed Aceves. "This grant arms us with additional tools to enforce and improve our response to traffic safety issues.”