PALMDALE – The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is now conducting local speed enforcement operations using equipment purchased by the city of Palmdale in a collaborative effort to reduce fatal and injury traffic collisions.
The traffic citation system includes e-Citation Lidar wands, software, and mobile printers that provide the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station with fast, accurate options for issuing electronic tickets for traffic, parking, permit, or other infractions, city officials said in a news release.
“Speeding puts everyone at risk, whether you are another motorist, cyclist, or pedestrian, and we need people to slow down,” said Palmdale Mayor Laura Bettencourt. “The city is committed to catching these motorists and providing law enforcement with the tools they need to prosecute these offenders.”
The new tools allow Palmdale Sheriff’s Station staff to issue citations within minutes, eliminating errors and tedious data entry. Additionally, the equipment improves officer safety, with less time spent on high-risk roads and highways. Without the new equipment, a deputy would typically take 15 minutes to handwrite a citation. Now electronic citations can be issued in minutes, provide a photo of the driver showing their speed, help reduce questionable evidence, and eliminate the need for deputies to appear in court, keeping them in the field.
“We are extremely grateful to the city for purchasing this equipment. It helps build trust in the community,” said Deputy Kyle Steffes. “When people dispute the citation and we show them the photo, they see the evidence that they were speeding and understand we are not picking on them but just doing our jobs and trying to keep people safe.”
According to law enforcement officials, the purpose of speed enforcement operations is to help prevent traffic collisions from occurring, especially those that cause injuries or fatalities. There has been a substantial increase in injury and fatal traffic collisions in the Antelope Valley in which speed was a main factor. The speed involved in a crash is directly related to the extent of injury the parties endure, officials said.
[Information via news release from the city of Palmdale.]