Slow Down Lamorinda Campaign Nets 433 Offenders

A joint enforcement effort by Lamorinda police was designed to put a crimp in speeding and distracted driving.


The summer-long Slow Down Lamorinda campaign was aimed at curtailing some bad local driving and it appears the three local departments were busy, issuing a total of 433 citations during the effort.

Of the 433 motorists cited, 255 were stopped for speed violations (no word on the highest speeds this year, we'll ask) and another 101 for "distracted driving" or cell phone violations.

Another 48 people were cited for driving under the influence.

Although police know the 433 people who received citations would not be happy, they said they also received supportive comments from Lamorindans who believed the Slow Down effort was needed.

In her "About Town" update released last week, Moraga Town Manager Jill Keimach reported that "many positive comments and messages of appreciation were received by the three departments."

Andrew September 17, 2012 at 03:46 PM
what is left out of the discussion is the potential and perhaps actual abuse by Moraga PD for minor traffic infractions (broken taillight or headlight) and traveling around town at OMG hours such as 2 A.M. Several beat officers have subjecting quite a few Moraga citizens to DUI testing and worse due to these minor vehicular infractions. My point being is all of us will be responsible for these alleged abuse of rights by Moraga PD ultimately. And, yes it does happen here.
David Holden September 17, 2012 at 03:47 PM
48 drunk drivers? In Stepford?
Chris Nicholson September 17, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Without a comparison to seasonal norms when the campaign is NOT in effect, the stats are meaningless, right? Also, if you are going to claim effectiveness, you need objective metrics, like average speed before and after the campaign. In the absence of such obvious controls and measurements, all this proves is that cops can choose to write more tickets whenever they want. But to what end (other than revenue enhancement)? My feeling continues to be: if tickets for minor traffic infractions are the highest and best use of police resources at the margin, then we should reduce the level of resources. If the program had a more rational/efficient targeting of DUI offenders, then I might feel differently.
Ophelia OBrien September 17, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Only 433? The drivers in this area are so self absorbed it is scary. I get honked at for executing complete stops. The other day a car came down Hawthorn which has a 4-way stop at Beechwood, the drive, a man in his late 40s/ early 50s did not even make the pretense of an attempt to stop, just went right through the stop sign at a time when the neighborhood kids are leaving for school. I go running in the morning, seeing drivers holding a cell phone to their ear seems to be more the rule, not the exception. 433 infractions over the course of 3 months seems small.
Nancy Lee September 17, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Completely agree and while I appreciate what the officers have done I am amazed that the numbers are so low. I know there are far more violators than police and that the police aren't everywhere but I see so many speeders, cell users, reckless drivers I can't believe more weren't cited. Perhaps if the police moved from known hideouts? I see them at the same place and the locals know where to look by now. I hope the 433 learned a lesson.
lamorinda mom September 17, 2012 at 08:29 PM
If they found 48 people in 3-4 months DUI, then that alone justified the program, IMHO. There is no excuse for driving drunk. The cell phone idiots are a bonus.
Nancy Lee September 17, 2012 at 08:51 PM
But aren't they lovable idiots? Chattering and jabbering away like monkeys with their phones pressed against their little skulls as they roll through red lights, intersections, and other drivers.
David Holden September 18, 2012 at 05:33 AM
How many drunk cell phone users were there?
Born and Raised September 18, 2012 at 01:34 PM
What I absolutely fail to understand is that for at least the last 5 years all major auto manufacturers have installed "hands free" blue tooth for the automobiles (most as standard) and for a mere $30 you can get a blue tooth headset. So is the technoolgy just too confusing for my fellow Lamorindans? Or is it a "look at me, I'm important and on the phone" thing?
c5 September 18, 2012 at 01:44 PM
sounds like the campaign was certainly effective at raising revenues and at ticking off residents...as others have stated, it is unclear whether there were any safety benefits.
David Holden September 18, 2012 at 02:10 PM
I know. Don't the police know this is Stepford? We are above the law. Perhaps, we need to trade the police in for Stepford models.


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