Slow Down Lamorinda Campaign Begins June 1

Readers report the most frequently heard message in Lamorinda's neighborhoods is no longer "Good morning!" but rather "Slow down!"


The Chiefs of Moraga, Orinda, and Lafayette Police Departments, with support from Chief Bradley of the Moraga-Orinda Fire District, have agreed to share resources to address traffic safety this summer.

The “Slow Down Lamorinda” program was initiated in 2007 by then -- and current -- Moraga Mayor Mike Metcalf in response to two fatal collisions involving juvenile drivers on neighborhood streets. The program was built around a "mutual aid" response to area concern over traffic safety -- with teams of officers concentrating on enforcement efforts in a given town on a rotating basis.

Plans for the current enforcement drive are basically the same. One day each week, police from all three departments will saturate areas of concern within one city, and rotate among the cities weekly. The goal of the program, planners maintain, is not to issue hundreds of citations, but to increase traffic safety awareness by targeting speed, distracted driving, and other violations.

Banners will be displayed at local Fire Stations and free bumper stickers will be available at police and fire stations. The program will begin on June 1 and continue through August 31.

All Lamorinda residents are also asked to sign the Lamorinda Safe Driving Pledge and submit it to your local police department. The pledge form will be available at locations with the bumper stickers and on the Moraga Town website.

Ahmed May 30, 2012 at 03:24 PM
I don't believe publishing a list of times when police are working and where they are working is very smart. I seriously doubt that they will do it. With very few exception I have found local police to be professional.
c5 May 30, 2012 at 04:06 PM
it could also be under inflated tires...they squeal like crazy.
c5 May 30, 2012 at 04:09 PM
"if handing out speeding tickets is the highest and best use of our expense cops, we should reduce the size of the force"... bingo chris.
c5 May 30, 2012 at 04:13 PM
i have mixed feelings about the entire speeding 'issue'...do i think that to some degree the police activity is geared towards raising revenues and not safety--absolutely. do i think that some speed limits are set lower than they could be set without impacting anyone's safety--absolutely. do i think that exercises like lafayette's motorcycle traffic cops is a waste of taxpayer money--absolutely. however, there are unsafe drivers out there and if the police really want to improve safety they should focus on real safety issues and not on 'bagging' local commuters on their way to work on a deserted road at 5am...which involves in many cases exercising a lot more judgement than looking at their radar gun...but i for one would like to see it.
lovelafayette May 30, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Ahmed, not suggesting they tell us ahead of time. As their employer I want to know where the officers WERE when the Bank of America was robbed yesterday, information that allows more public oversight of our police department. I have a business, most crime is associated with the business district so why are we doing traffic instead of preventing bank robberies. And they had to wait for a CC sheriff's dog, as LPD replaced our dog last year with 2 motorcycles. Bet if we still had our dog the crook would be in custody.


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