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City, sheriff ask drivers to slow down

Outreach campaign aimed at speeders

Posted: November 13, 2009 10:23 a.m.
Updated: November 13, 2009 1:53 p.m.

To remind drivers that speeding is both unlawful and unsafe, the city of Santa Clarita and the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station have launched a new awareness campaign.

One of the top traffic complaints expressed by Santa Clarita residents is neighborhood speeding. The SCV Sheriff's Station provides enforcement for all residential areas of the city and regularly provides targeted enforcement.

"Look Who's Speeding Through Your Neighborhood" bus shelters, showing a mirror and a reminder to slow down, have been posted at 10 bus shelters citywide. The posters will serve as a visual reminder to passing motorists to slow down.

Where the sheriff's station has performed license plate studies in residential areas, looking to determine if those who are speeding in the neighborhoods are actually from the neighborhood or not, in the vast majority of cases it was determined that those who are speeding are actually residents who live in the studied area.

According to city traffic engineers, between Jan. 1, 2004 and Dec. 31, 2008 (five full years), there were 1,618 reported traffic collisions in the city in which unsafe speed was reported by the sheriff's station as the primary collision factor. This year, the city has received 113 speeding complaints through its online eService.

"It is our goal to provide education and information to our communities so that they can make good decisions behind the wheel," said Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station Captain Anthony LaBerge. "Driving within the posted speed limits is one of those good decisions that can save lives."


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