August 13, 2022 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Santa Monica Police Sting Operations Net Dozens Of Traffic Citations:

In an attempt to reduce pedestrian versus vehicle accidents, the Santa Monica Police Department has begun to step-up its enforcement of motorists failing to stop at crosswalks with various sting operations throughout the city.

Dozens of citations were issued during several operations last week, which involved an undercover police officer in plain clothes crossing an intersection for up to 90 minutes while officers kept a close watch from side streets.

When a vehicle failed to stop, a police officer on either a bike or in a patrol car would flash their lights and flag down each offending motorist to issue a citation.

On Tuesday, Nov. 15, officers conducted a sting operation in front of Urth Caffe at the intersection of Main and Hollister. Police issued 19 citations in just over an hour, mostly for vehicles failing to stop for the undercover police officer as well as other pedestrians attempting to use the crosswalk.

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, officers staked out the intersection of Wilshire and 18th for 90 minutes, which led to 26 citations being issued during the same type of operation, according to Santa Monica Police Department Sgt. Richard Lewis.

“They were for various violations, most of them were for not yielding to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and some were for illegal turns from improper positions,” Lewis said.

Earlier this month in a sting operation on Tuesday, Nov. 8, police officers issued 16 citations to motorists for traffic violations at the intersection of Wilshire and Ninth Street – another problem area within the city for vehicle versus pedestrian accidents.

“We’ve had complaints there from businesses and residents saying it’s been a dangerous intersection and they’ve been concerned and they wanted more enforcement,” Lewis said. “When the officers went out there and did it, they actually had people come out and say thank you.”

In a tally of from January 2010 to November 2011 of citations for traffic violations at intersections, 15th and Montana has accumulated the most with 217 citations.

Rounding out the top 10 intersections for most traffic citations issued were: Main/Pier with 45 citations, Main/Hollister with 43 citations, the Post Office on the 1200 block of Fifth Street with 29, 22nd/Pico with 27, Ninth/Wilshire with 25, Main/Bay with 23, Main/Kinney with 21, Fourth/San Vicente with 17, and 10th place was tied between Franklin/Wilshire and Ocean/Idaho with 15.

Lewis said these year-to-date totals were not from targeted sting operations, but rather these numbers reflected the most common intersections where officers have issued citations while on duty.

He said officers responded to various intersections throughout the year when residents and businesses complained about vehicles continuously failing to stop for pedestrians.

in News
Related Posts

Another Mountain Lion Dies After Being Hit by a Car

August 12, 2022

August 12, 2022

P-89 found dead along the shoulder of the 101 Freeway in Woodland Hills last month By Sam Catanzaro Another mountain...

Santa Monica Police Arrest Sexual Assualt Suspect

August 12, 2022

August 12, 2022

Anthony Barrett arrested in connection to June 28 assault By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica police are seeking the public’s help...

LA City Council Approves Expanded Anti-Camping Ordinance

August 11, 2022

August 11, 2022

Bonin one of three not votes in expansion of LAMC section 41.18 Los Angeles City Council has banned homeless encampments...

Review: A Santa Monica Restaurant’s New Happy Hour is Top-Notch

August 10, 2022

August 10, 2022

By Dolores Quintana Birdie G’s in Santa Monica has a new Happy Hour and it is something special. For one...

Italian Market Coming to Montana Avenue

August 10, 2022

August 10, 2022

Sogno Toscano planned for 1512 Montana Avenue By Dolores Quintana Sogno Toscano is aiming to open a new “lifestyle cafe,...

Best of Santa Monica Awards Voting Now Open!

August 10, 2022

August 10, 2022

Cast your vote to support your favorite local businesses  Voting is now open for the Santa Monica Mirror’s annual Best...

Venice Family Clinic to Provide Free Community Resources in Celebration of National Health Center Week

August 9, 2022

August 9, 2022

Nonprofit Community Health Center Offering Free COVID-19 Vaccines, Children’s Books, HIV Testing, Health Insurance Counseling, CalFresh Enrollment and More August...

Santa Monica Obtains Injunctions Against Landlords in Section 8 Voucher Discrimination Lawsuit

August 8, 2022

August 8, 2022

Judgment requires landlords to accept voucher, pay $20,000 in restitution  By Sam Catanzaro The Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office has obtained...

Local Nursing Home Tells Wrong Patients Family Their Loved One Died: Santa Monica Beat – August 8th, 2022

August 8, 2022

August 8, 2022

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes.* Local Nursing Home Tells Wrong Patients Family Their Loved One Died* Santa...

Brentwood-Adjacent Residential High-Rise Complete

August 8, 2022

August 8, 2022

The first high-rise residential development built west of the 405 in over 40 years is now leasing luxury apartments. Learn...

Mixed-Use Downtown Apartment Complex Has Highest Rents in City: Santa Monica Real Estate Report – August 8th, 2022

August 8, 2022

August 8, 2022

Property, Developments, and Listings on the Westside.* Mixed-Use Downtown Apartment Complex Has Highest Rents in City* Gardening Tips for Fall*...

Supervisor Holly Mitchell Calls for Update of Marina del Rey’s Vision Statement

August 5, 2022

August 5, 2022

By Dolores Quintana Marina Del Rey is now considered part of District Two in Los Angeles County and now falls...

Meridian Building Sells in Santa Monica for $18 Million

August 5, 2022

August 5, 2022

Redcar Properties buys Santa Monica office at 1448 15th Street By Dolores Quintana Redcar Properties purchased a second property in...