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October 27, 1996
I protest and take strong exception to the style, content and conclusions of The Times' Valley Edition editorial titled "Self-Policing Is Best Traffic Ticket," Sept. 29. This editorial is the most egregious example of garbage journalism I've read in a long time, and I read a lot. The unnamed author of this jewel is repeatedly guilty of making statements where unsubstantiated conclusions are put forth as the correct interpretation of inadequate data. From this supposedly informative editorial, look at some examples: "Local motorists actually want traffic cops to issue more tickets."
August 5, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
Under a brilliant white canopy, mayors from dozens of Los Angeles County cities gathered on the back lawn at Getty House on Monday to talk about public safety, traffic congestion, job creation and how they can better work together to tackle problems. New Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti invited mayors from the 87 other cities in the county to his ceremonial residence, and 63 (including representatives of mayors) showed up. Garcetti said he planned to make such informal get-togethers a regular occurrence during his administration.
May 7, 2000
San Fernando Valley streets were not really made for speeding, but that's not the way many drivers see things. Wide and straight with longer distances between stoplights than the rest of the city, streets here all too often bring out the race car driver within. No wonder the Valley is home to eight of the 19 city intersections with the worst accident records. Given how much time Angelenos spend in their cars, traffic safety should be a top priority.
June 12, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - The growing use of hands-free, voice-activated automobile systems that enable drivers to talk, text and email distract motorists and delay reaction time, according to a study released Wednesday. “It's time to consider limiting new and potentially dangerous mental distractions built into cars, particularly with the common public misperception that hands-free means risk-free,” said Robert L. Darbelnet, AAA's president and chief executive. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety sponsored the study . The AAA chief warned of a "looming public safety crisis," citing a projected five-fold increase in info-tainment systems in vehicles, from 9 million this year to more than 62 million in 2018.
April 21, 1999
As far as the safety of the westbound Riverside and northbound Santa Ana freeways interchange, I must disagree with Caltrans spokeswoman Deborah Harris (March 19). I travel north on the Santa Ana Freeway through that spot every day, usually around 2 p.m., when traffic is flowing around 45 mph. The merge and acceleration zone for those coming from the westbound Riverside Freeway to the northbound Santa Ana Freeway is way too short. Although I get off at the Manchester offramp, 100 yards past the Riverside Freeway ramp, I move to the middle lane to avoid the merging traffic.
August 2, 1998 | JENNIFER KNIGHT
Kids can learn the rules of the road in a program conducted by police. The miniature "Safety Town," which opened Friday, teaches children ages 4 to 7 about traffic safety. Traffic officers and Explorers from the Oxnard Police Department use interactive techniques to illustrate the significance of traffic signs, proper street crossing, bicycle safety and more. Officers will also be on hand to fingerprint children and take their pictures for identification purposes.
January 6, 1991 | TINA DAUNT
The city of Camarillo, where no pedestrians have been killed in accidents since 1981, will be honored by an auto club for its safety programs. Representatives of the Automobile Club of Southern California, acting on behalf of the American Automobile Assn., will present Mayor David Smith a plaque at a City Council meeting Wednesday night.
September 13, 1988 | NANCY WRIDE, Times Staff Writer
Responding to concerns of residents whose Balboa Peninsula neighborhood was the site of a shocking hit-and-run death, the Newport Beach City Council on Monday vowed to consider a citywide examination of traffic safety measures. "I'm really sorry that we had this tragedy to make us aware we've got a problem," Councilwoman Ruthelyn Plummer said. She was referring to the death of Debbie Killelea, a 37-year-old mother of three who on Sept.
December 25, 1986
The Monterey Park Police Department has begun a program designed to increase traffic safety in the city. For the first 45 days, five sworn officers and two reserves on motorcycles will issue warnings, along with a bilingual traffic safety brochure, to drivers committing violations in non-hazardous situations. Those whose infractions might have caused an accident will be cited.
June 12, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
The governor's office on Wednesday announced more than $2 million in federally funded traffic safety grants to Inland Empire agencies. The largest award went to the Perris Police Department in Riverside County, which was given $400,000 to oversee a multi-agency effort to reduce drunk driving. Victorville police received $300,000 to expand a similar effort in San Bernardino County.
June 3, 2013 | By Alene Tchekmedyian
A sobriety checkpoint in Burbank on Saturday that screened 1,021 drivers yielded zero arrests, police reported. Burbank police were stationed at Glenoaks Boulevard just north of Alameda Avenue from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., during which time six drivers were detained for field sobriety tests, said police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. None were arrested. Two citations were issued - one for a driving infraction and another for driving without a license. The Burbank Police Department last year received a $31,500 grant through the California Office of Traffic Safety to conduct sobriety checkpoints through September.
May 11, 2013 | Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
The 149 air traffic control towers that were scheduled to close this summer because of federal sequestration will remain open until at least September, government officials said Friday. The Federal Aviation Administration said legislation approved by Congress last month allows the agency to transfer funds from other accounts to keep the towers open until the end of the fiscal year. The towers, run by contract workers, operate at small airports such as Brown Field Municipal Airport in San Diego, Riverside Municipal Airport, Whiteman Airport in Pacoima, Oxnard Airport, Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville and Fullerton Municipal Airport.
March 10, 2013
Why is ticket fixing such an enduring and deeply offensive form of corruption? The question arises because of the most recent allegations in the scandal-plagued city of San Fernando, where the former police chief apparently had a ticket dismissed for an aide to then-U.S. Rep. Howard Berman who had been stopped for running a stop sign in late 2011. At the time, the aide, Fred Flores, was the liaison between Berman and the San Fernando Police Department. According to a memo by a Los Angeles County deputy district attorney, Flores berated the police officer who stopped him and then called acting-Chief Jeff Eley's cellphone.
February 16, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan, Catherine Saillant and Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
With the Los Angeles mayoral primary just over two weeks away, candidates are fine-tuning their appeals to diverse groups across the city's vast expanse of neighborhoods. On the Westside, longtime city officials Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel and Jan Perry are vying for dominance among affluent liberals and moderates. Along the northern and western rims of the San Fernando Valley, moderates and conservatives are key targets for Greuel, the city controller who represented parts of the area when she was on the City Council; Republican Kevin James, a former radio talk-show host; and Perry, a downtown councilwoman presenting herself as a business-friendly budget hawk.
January 16, 2013 | Ben Poston
Unlicensed drivers in California -- the vast majority of whom are illegal immigrants -- are nearly three times as likely to cause a fatal crash as licensed drivers, according to a study by the Department of Motor Vehicles. The report suggests that merely meeting the modest requirements necessary to get a license -- passing a written exam and driving test -- could improve road safety and help reduce the several thousand fatalities that occur in the state each year. "If you don't hold people accountable to acceptable standards, then we get people that aren't prepared and don't have the skill set," said Tyler Izen, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League.
January 4, 2013 | By Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times
After receiving a completely bogus moving violation for making a rolling stop in Chinatown, I decided to go to traffic school to keep my insurance costs in check. To my surprise, I learned that they still held traffic school in actual classrooms and not just online. The online courses' advertised rates were cheaper - in some cases by half - than the brick-and-mortar variety. Who would pay more to watch gory traffic films with strangers when you could stay home in your pajamas?
June 6, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
A public forum on traffic safety along Maricopa Highway near Nordhoff High School will be at 7 p.m. today in the school library. Pedestrian and bicycle safety in the area, where about 13,000 cars pass daily, will be discussed. Comments also can be mailed to the Ojai Public Works Department, P.O. Box 1570, Ojai, 93024; be faxed to 646-2571; or be e-mailed to
January 12, 2003 | From Wire Reports
During the last four months, an estimated 10 million motorists tuning in to Highway Radio, broadcasting in Southern California, Las Vegas and Arizona, have had the opportunity to hear traffic safety messages recorded by Albany Police Lt. Bill "Elvis" Palmini. The Bay Area cop uses original songs to remind motorists to buckle up and to use designated drivers. "One Way Ride," written by Palmini's former partner, retired Sgt. Art Clemons, contains 14 Elvis Presley hit titles.
December 18, 2012 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
The number of people killed in traffic accidents last year dropped to its lowest point in more than six decades elsewhere in the nation but rose in California, according to new federal transportation figures. Across the country, deaths of cyclists and pedestrians surged in 2011, despite the overall downward trend in fatalities. According to the recently released report, 32,367 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2011, a decrease of 1.9% from the year before and the lowest number since 1949.
December 10, 2012 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON -- Traffic deaths nationally were down last year to their lowest level since record-keeping began in 1949.  But not in North Dakota, where they were up 41%, the biggest increase of any state. Fourteen states, including California, recorded an increase in motor vehicle fatalities, even though the 32,367 traffic deaths last year were down 1.9% from the previous year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The traffic safety agency this year projected a record low in 2011 traffic deaths as motorists drove less, perhaps because of high gas prices and a still-difficult economy.
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