On Thursday, our Traffic Office conducted a speed enforcement operation in the city of Santa Clarita. All five of our motor deputies and a traffic patrol car were working the operation, with the additional assistance of three motor deputies that came from other patrol stations.

When they held their afternoon briefing prior to deploying in the field, they had no idea that s...hortly after embarking on their mission, there would be fires, rain, and then more fires! During their operation, six of the motor deputies were pulled for 4 hours from the field to assist with traffic control at the site of the fires!

But, we're happy to let you know that despite EVERYTHING that was thrown their way, they STILL cited 53 motorists during the operation! 33 motorists were cited for unsafe speed, 16 for using a cellphone (texting while driving or talking with cell phone in hand); 2 unsafe turn violations, 1 vehicle equipment violation, and 1 citation was issued to a motorist who was following an emergency vehicle too closely. The emergency vehicle was a fire engine that had it's lights and sirens on, and was responding to one of our local fires. California Vehicle Code 21706 CVC states that, "No motor vehicle, except an authorized emergency vehicle, shall follow within 300 feet of any authorized emergency vehicle...."