Spurred by a reported increase in vehicle collisions in the downtown area, the Danville Police Department held a traffic enforcement saturation event on Wednesday and issued a total of 63 citations to unsafe drivers and other traffic-safety violations.
Done in collaboration with the Lafayette Police Department and officers from the California Highway Patrol, participating officers issued these citations in the span of four hours while patrolling through the downtown Danville area, according to police officials.
All together participating officers wrote up 25 citations for speed violations, 18 for cellphone usage, 10 for stop sign/signal violations and 10 for pedestrian and miscellaneous violations.
“In order to avert future potential collisions, officers were on the lookout for distracted driving, insufficient stops, speed and pedestrian right of way,” DPD officers said on a Facebook post recapping the saturation event. “The Danville Police Department encourages residents to be mindful behind the wheel, avoid distractions, and maintain a safe and legal speed.”
DPD officials added that another motivating factor behind the event was to prepare officers and residents for the upcoming holiday season which often brings increased vehicular and pedestrian traffic to the downtown area.