For the second time in two months, officers in San Mateo County took a
page from the CHP’s playbook in Kern County and participated in
a ticket frenzy.
Officers descended on predetermined locations in San Mateo and Foster City
to issue citations pertaining to a wide range of driving habits. Most of the
187 tickets issued were for cellphone/texting violations, speeding, and seatbelt violations.
The effort also caught four drivers with no license or a suspended license;
officials vow that the stepped-up enforcement campaigns will continue
throughout the year.
Peace officers from 13 different offices participated in the effort.
Focused efforts are becoming a thing of the past in other states, but given
the high penalty assessments in California, these campaigns remain cost-effective
in Ridgecrest. Some observers have
criticized the search-and-destroy philosophy associated with these efforts. They
point to instances like a 2014 ticket frenzy in Delhi, India. Officers
wrote 1,600 tickets in two days but failed to make a dent in the city’s
traffic congestion problems.
STEP campaigns, MEP campaigns, and saturation enforcement campaigns are
all essentially the same thing. Officers are pulled off their normal schedules
and routes, transferred to a certain area of town, and told to write as
many citations as possible for a certain violation or violations; the
one difference is that more elaborate STEP campaigns are usually
All these efforts have another thing in common. Many times, since they
are under pressure to write tickets, officers issue citations in borderline
incidents which are difficult to prove in court.
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