60 Drivers Ticketed During Crosswalk Stings

Police Continue Crackdown on Cars Not Stopping for Pedestrians

Friday, March 23, 2012
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Santa Barbara police issued 60 tickets to drivers who failed to stop for a pedestrian in city crosswalks. It was the second operation in recent weeks borne out of citizen complaints about speeding and cars not yielding to pedestrians.

The stings took place at four intersections: Anacapa Street and Arrellaga Street (6 citations), Milpas Street and Yanonali Street (39), Salinas Street and Clifton Street (1), and De la Vina Street and Arden Road (11). Two of the motorists on Milpas Street were ticketed for being unlicensed drivers, and their vehicles were impounded.

“The selection of the locations for this enforcement effort was not random,” said a police spokesperson in a prepared statement, “but based on volume of vehicle traffic, volume of pedestrian traffic, and collision statistics.”


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Two motorists got their cars impounded because they were UNLICENSED. Harsh!
Don't forget to sting on Cabrillo. You will get a bunch of morons failing to stop.

tomtowle (anonymous profile)
March 23, 2012 at 4:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

They could ticket cyclist on State St. every 2 to 3 minutes. I have seen then go through red lights many times scaring the people starting to cross.

thoughts (anonymous profile)
March 24, 2012 at 7:36 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The reason for impounding the car is supposedly peoples safety. Unliscenced drivers are dangerous.
Car impounds provide big income (donuts and salary) and surely you wouldn't think that's a reason for the Police to impound a car?

The Los Angeles Police Department will soon start ignoring California state law, which requires police to impound the vehicles of unlicensed drivers for 30 days.

The majority of unlicensed motorists in Los Angeles are immigrants who are in the country illegally and have low-income jobs. The LAPD says the state's impound law is unfair because it limits their ability to get to their jobs and imposes a steep fine to get their car back.

khiggler (anonymous profile)
March 24, 2012 at 6:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Great job. Now go after scofflaw bicyclists. They outnumber scofflaw drivers 10 to 1 - mostly by ignoring stop signs.

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
March 25, 2012 at 11:39 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Now....PLEASE....go after the jaywalkers that cause you to step on the brake....especially in the 800 and 1100 blocks of Anacapa St.

onthecoast (anonymous profile)
March 25, 2012 at 11:59 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Counting on having the right-of-way isn't the best reason for walking out into traffic. Doesn't anybody teach their kids to look both ways before crossing anymore, because all those people are now adults walking into traffic and expecting us all to slam on our brakes.

Katydid52 (anonymous profile)
March 25, 2012 at 2:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The area has become as bad as LA when it comes to drivers. Peoiple run red lights and laugh, speed down residential streets and try and pass you in the most dangerous circumstances, and often times they are in SUVs.
Overall, there's a lot of drivers here who are very lucky that I am not a traffic cop. Maybe it's the type of people SB is attracting nowadays: selfish, venal, ignorant...

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
March 25, 2012 at 2:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

If local police were interested in protecting and serving they'd provide warnings, first.

This is a clear push for money. I'm surprised that it hasn't been noted.

ahem (anonymous profile)
March 26, 2012 at 12:09 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm waiting to read about the "on the cell phone and/or texting while driving" sting... pick any corner, any part of town, any time and voila, it's a cash-cow just waiting to get milked. You can't wait that extra minute for that pedestrian to get across the crosswalk? Maybe you're the one who should leave a few minutes earlier, or take a diff route. In the meantime, hang up and drive.

MotoBella (anonymous profile)
March 26, 2012 at 12:26 a.m. (Suggest removal)

They could fund the entire department for a decade by setting up a sting on Cliff Drive in the Monroe school zone.

DarkMarcsun (anonymous profile)
March 26, 2012 at 9:12 a.m. (Suggest removal)

They could fund the entire department for a decade by setting up a sting on Cliff Drive in the school zones.

DarkMarcsun (anonymous profile)
March 26, 2012 at 9:14 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Let's face it, this cross walk sting business is a HUGE cash cow for the city.

Buellton's moto sheriff is famous for this tactic along with the relentless use of the radar gun to nail people going 36-37 mph in a 35 mph zone. No kidding!

Barron (anonymous profile)
March 26, 2012 at 10:26 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Don't forget to sting the jaywalkers and red-light crossers in downtown, too. Remember: Caveat ambulator.

Draxor (anonymous profile)
March 26, 2012 at 3:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I thought the "cross walk stings" were intended to prevent pedestrians from getting killed.

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
April 20, 2012 at 3:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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