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.