DRIVING SPEED MONITORED DEADLY CRASH PROMPTS MOTORIST CRACKDOWN.
Byline: Orith Goldberg Staff Writer
SANTA CLARITA Santa Clarita, city (1990 pop. 110,642), Los Angeles co., S Calif., suburb 30 mi (48 km) NW of downtown Los Angeles, on the Santa Clara River; inc. 1987. Situated in the Santa Clara valley and nearby canyons, Santa Clarita includes the former towns of Canyon Country, - While the high-speed collision that took four lives last week drew microscopic attention to the teen driver, sheriff's traffic deputies said speeding is a problem in Santa Clarita, and violators cross all age lines.
Deputies said Thursday that speeders run the gamut: parents speeding near schools, drivers arguing with passengers and motorists using cellular phones and not paying attention Noun 1. paying attention - paying particular notice (as to children or helpless people); "his attentiveness to her wishes"; "he spends without heed to the consequences"
attentiveness, heed, regard to their speed.
``The bottom line is speed kills,'' said Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. County Sheriff's Sgt. Steve Mulcahy, who has been in law enforcement more than 30 years.
On Thursday, one week after Santa Clarita's most deadly traffic collision, eight motorists were stopped in just 30 minutes in a speeding crackdown on Wiley Canyon Road, south of Lyons Avenue.
Using a laser sensor, Deputies Brian Lendman and Richard Phares monitored cars driving toward them, motioning for speeding motorists to pull over to the side of the road.
The reactions they encountered varied from surprise at their speed to tears.
Tears flooded a 36-year-old woman's eyes after she was pulled over for traveling too fast for the posted speed limit near Wabuska Street.
``I think it's bull----. There's no speed limit posted after the school. Don't these guys have anything better to do?'' she said.
A 26-year-old man, stopped for driving over the posted 35 mph limit with his 17-month-old infant in the back seat, called the crackdown ridiculous.
``Every car here is going over 50 mph,'' he said.
On Feb. 17, four people died in a collision on Soledad Canyon Soledad Canyon is a long narrow canyon / valley located in Los Angeles County, California between the cities of Palmdale and Santa Clarita. Soledad Canyon contains the localities of Vincent, Acton, Ravenna, and Agua Dulce. Road near Sand Canyon Road, a tragedy blamed on a speeding motorist with two prior speeding tickets. Motorist Marcus Lellan, 18, was traveling about 90 mph and lost control of the car that hit an oncoming Ford Mustang For other Ford Mustang models and concepts, see .
The Ford Mustang is an automobile produced by the Ford Motor Company, originally based on the Ford Falcon compact. , deputies said. He has since pleaded not guilty to four counts of manslaughter and remains jailed.
``At the speed he was going, from the time he lost control of the vehicle and impacted the Mustang, those people had 2 1/2 to three seconds to live. That's what is sad,'' Mulcahy said.
Sheriff's deputies said that motorists often speed near their homes.
Lellan lives near Soledad Canyon Road.
``They are familiar with the roadways, so they are comfortable.'' Mulcahy said. ``(Lellan) was familiar with the area and probably thought he could handle the decision he made.''
While residents often call the Santa Clarita Valley The Santa Clarita Valley is the valley of the Santa Clara River in Southern California. It stretches through Los Angeles County and Ventura County. Its main population center is the city of Santa Clarita. The valley was part of the 48,612-acre (19,672. sheriff's station to complain about speeding, motorists are upset when they're ticketed for speeding.
Deputy Brad Thompson Bradley Joseph Thompson (born January 31, 1982 in Las Vegas, Nevada), is a right-handed Major League Baseball pitcher with the St. Louis Cardinals.
He is 6'1 and weighs 190 pounds. He went to college at Dixie State JC in Utah. He made his major league debut on May 8, 2005. remembered stopping a woman with two preschoolers in the car and pointing out that safety is more important than getting someplace some·place
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``I told her there is nothing that important to risk your two kids,'' Thompson said.
Deputies said they often catch motorists violating speeding laws on main thoroughfares, such as Soledad Canyon Road, Wiley Canyon Road, Bouquet Canyon Road, Sierra Highway Sierra Highway is a road in Southern California, United States. It runs from Tunnel Station near the north limit of the City of Los Angeles, where it intersects with San Fernando Road and Foothill Boulevard, as well as Interstate 5, and continues north to Mojave, mostly paralleling Valley Street and Seco Canyon Road.
California Highway Patrol Sgt. Rick Sirovy said speeding often occurs along the Antelope Valley Freeway The Antelope Valley Freeway is a freeway in Los Angeles and Kern counties in southern California. It is signed as California State Highway 14 along its length. It connects Greater Los Angeles to the rapidly developing Antelope Valley. north of Sand Canyon Road and the Golden State Freeway The Golden State Freeway is a north-south freeway running through Kern County and Los Angeles County, California. Originally built as U.S. Highway 99, it was re-signed as Interstate 5 in 1964. , between Templin Highway and State Highway 138.
Sirovy said it is tragic when motorists doing everything right die because of another's speeding.
``Speed is a factor in many, if not all, of these collisions,'' Sirovy said.
Last year, deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's station issued about 6,858 traffic tickets, slightly fewer than in 1998.
Photo: (1 -- SAC edition only) Holding a laser speed sensor, Deputy Richard Phares watches a road in Newhall while a partner tickets a speeder.
(2 -- color in SAC edition) Deputy Brian Lendman aims the laser to register the speed of an oncoming car Thursday, during a crackdown in the wake of a deadly high-speed collision.
Hans Gutknecht/Staff Photographer
Box: High speed areas