Sunday, April 16, 2006

Breaking News: South Orange County Public Safety Round Up

Public Safety Round Up:

RSM- During the April 12, 2006, Rancho Santa Margarita City Council meeting, the council adopted an ordinance that will prohibit people from walking on city street medians. Under the ordinance, pedestrians will not be allowed to step, stand, sit or lay upon any city street median, reportedly because by doing so, pedestrians tend to distract drivers.

The CHP, in hopes of reducing the number of teenage driver fatalities on California roads, is using a group of parents to help spread the message contained in the Start Smart Program, a Teen-Driver Safety Awareness and Training Program. The Smart Start program was launched earlier this year and has not expanded to South Orange County: Start Smart classes are being held by the CHP on April 20, May 24 and June 29 at the San Juan Capistrano CHP Office, 32951 Camino Capistrano. Call 949-487-4000
The Sheriff’s High Tech Services Reserve Unit made an Internet Safety Presentation

Sheriff – Vital Tools for Parents, on March 28, 2006 – Sheriff’s Department reserve deputies—members of the High Tech Services Reserve Unit presented to parents at Shorecliffs Middle School on the subject of Internet safety. The evening presentation for parents was sponsored by the Shorecliffs Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Reserve Captain Mark Hertel explains, “Parents will learn some of the ways they can protect their children from the pit-falls of the Internet. This presentation addressed popular web pages like”

The Sheriff recently (03/17/06) issued a DUI Roving Patrol Event. The goal of the program is to reduce the rate at which the citizens of Orange County are killed or injured in DUI related collisions

Lake Forest – ON March 21, 2006 - The City Council discussed speed limits as well as adding or replacing old speed-limit signs. According to a city staff report, 103 street segments were considered in the study. Of those, 73 would retain their posted speed limit.

Coto de Caza - CotoBuzz: We have delivered a number of comprehensive public safety proposals to the Coto de Caza Board of Directors, including County and State agencies. We regularly published CHP traffic accident statistics and most recently commissioned the Coto Crime/Vandalism Trends, as a community management tool.

Coto de Caza - Coto de Caza Board of Directors - If you attended the board of directors meeting April 13, 2006, you would know that the board, after registering a significant increase in traffic accidents since they fired the CHP without suitable replacement, then let all road certifications expire (except CDC drive), then having 2 traffic fatalities (none had been registered in the last ten years), and having the highest crime rate compared to any other gated or un-gated community, and firing the Safety Committee, is busy working on a Mission Statement for the New and Improved. Safety Committee.

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