Traffic Officers Issue More Than 230 Tickets in 4-Hour Period

Seven local agencies aided Coronado police in the operation, which took place Wednesday morning.

Nearly two dozen officers from Coronado and seven other law enforcement agencies across San Diego County swept into the community Wednesday, issuing 231 tickets over a four-hour period.

Coronado police spokeswoman Lea Corbin said the operation took place from 7:30-11:45 a.m.

In addition to the citations, officers towed five vehicles due to drivers lacking licenses or because they had had their licenses suspended.

The agencies that participated included the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, and police from San Diego, Chula Vista, Carlsbad, La Mesa, National City and San Diego State University.

The last large such operation in Coronado took place June 26.

Mickey Mouse October 25, 2012 at 01:47 AM
WTF is this crap all about? Is this NECESSARY? harassing the citizens of Coronado and bringing in OTHER law enforcement agencies to do this crap?....Mayor Tanaka you better get control of these Barney Fife's and put an end to this nonsense. I saw an accident on the strand this morning that was caused DIRECTLY because of this nonsense. Somebody hit the brakes HARD from the surprise ambush from the cops and their radar guns and caused a 4 car pile up !!! Hassling our young Navy personnel on their way to work is NOT LAW ENFORCEMENT, it is intimidation! Get a clue, put a stop to this nonsense and get some real police in here instead of other PD's drop outs
Ed Sorrels October 25, 2012 at 01:59 AM
This gives me a really bad taste in my mouth, I would not be suprised if this took place somewhere down south where they really need the money, But this borders on extortion by public officials, I am sure that a share of the money's extorted will go back to those departments involved, Blahhhhhhhhh ! Sickening !!!!!
Vicki Inghram October 25, 2012 at 02:43 AM
I felt like we were living in Nazi Germany today. I was outraged that this happened in the United States of America.
Libi Uremovic October 25, 2012 at 02:56 AM
government officials are there to protect and serve...if we don't need their protection or service they can get off our payroll....
Libi Uremovic October 25, 2012 at 03:02 AM
"..police from San Diego, Chula Vista, Carlsbad, La Mesa, National City and San Diego State University....'' they diverted police from areas like la mesa, chula vista, and national city to target crime in coronado ??? we the people have a big problem with government agencies taking money for specific purposes and then blowing it on whatever they want... this is a perfect example of government agencies that are way over budget.....way over budget... law enforcement in san diego county is out of control....
Stuart Smits October 25, 2012 at 01:49 PM
This new source of municipal revenues is so badly needed to continue funding bloated police pensions. Therefore, they all band together to harass the citizenry. Reminds me of Boston circa 1775.
dj October 25, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Driving from Fiddler's Cove to 3rd and Orange, I passed 11 police.... that is a 4 mile stretch! There were people in cars, on bikes and on foot being stopped...there were accidents and near accidents created by the "show of force". I was next to a patrol car at a light and on green he raced off clearly exceeding the 35 mph limit with no lights or sirens... I caught up to him at 10th & Orange as he joined a motorcycle policeman who had his motorcyle on the side walk! I suppose to catch any criminal J walkers or to ticket those who are riding bikes on the sidewalk. This is the second time I have felt embarassed to be a property owner and resident of Coronado.The first was at the height of the tourist season this summer when we became a "Police State" . Shame on us if we allow this to continue.
ABurch October 25, 2012 at 05:18 PM
I was caught in this trap and got a speeding ticket on the Strand, just past the accident . There were several cars behind me, and by the time I saw the debris from the accident strewn across the two lanes, I didn't want to jam on my brakes and cause the other two cars behind me to run into me, since they were going at a higher rate of speed! In my efforts to avoid the debris and the faster cars behind me, as well as the now-visible police officers hiding behind a big black truck on Attu, I got a bit disoriented, confused, and panicked. I do not recall hitting the accelerator because I was too busy trying to avoid running over the debris or causing ANOTHER accident, but it's very possible that I did. My priority, though, was to ensure that I didn't cause another accident. These ambushes to more harm than good. I'm fighting this ticket all the way!
DeAnna Munoz October 25, 2012 at 06:45 PM
How insulting is this to our Coronado Community?!? The majority of the people who are in Coronado are our military and tourists. What kind of message is this? They are targeting the men and women who fight for our country and also the men and women who are supporting our tourist economy. Calling in outside forces? Really? Calling all Police Officers! Lets's all go and ambush the quiet people of Coronado! I'm sure they are up to something horrible! Give me a break! They are just targeting us because they know we are good enough people to actually PAY these tickets! I hope the court houses are rushed with a ambush of ticket protesting! We should fight these tickets as much as we can!
S. Barnes, M.D. October 25, 2012 at 07:35 PM
I am a citizen who REALLY cares that our children and teens get around town safely. THIS IS NOT the answer! One would think that when combined law enforcement agencies from throughout the county come together, it would be to fight serious criminal activity, not to dole out tickets to people going about their daily lives. It would even be understandable if we were having a huge problem with people violating traffic laws in Coronado. On the contrary, citizens of Coronado seem respectful of our children, our pedestrians, and our laws in general.
Willow October 25, 2012 at 07:53 PM
I witnessed a poor homeless woman get a ticket for J walking. How sad and pathetic.
Vicky October 25, 2012 at 08:35 PM
They are just doing their job. Personally I'd rather they ticket people more rather than less, maybe this way people will stop running stop signs throughout the community. Bottom line is every ticket they gave out was because that person was breaking the law. If they don't ticket people for breaking the law what's the point of having laws? Ridiculous to get angry for them enforcing the rules. I hope they got more rather than less of you who park illegally, jaywalk, ride without helmets, or blow through stop signs.
PenguinMike October 25, 2012 at 09:00 PM
They should be ashamed of themselves.
Libi Uremovic October 25, 2012 at 09:04 PM
the other law enforcement departments are working outside of their jurisdictions and charging each others' general fund accounts ...it's a way for them to side-step their own budgets and put more tax payer money into their pockets...
Willie Dynamite October 25, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Chief Scamlon needs to step on down.....this is such BS!!
ConservativesDefeated October 25, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Folks, take a chill pill. These periodic traffic violation sweeps have been going on for years. I would think all you law and order types, so indignant about other things, would applaud this county wide task force approach to enforcing the speed limits etc. In the main it is about safety. Especially in Coronado ,where because of the failure of elected officials spine and the citizens misunderstanding of the necessity for the Tunnel EIR to be completed, the future for this community is to be nothing more than a transit point, a freeway, for 100,000 car a day coming and going up and down Third, Fourth, Orange Avenue and the Strand. The difference in the atmosphere in Coronado today with just twenty years ago is striking. Wake Up.
Buffy Hergenrader October 25, 2012 at 10:13 PM
If the citations were for the motorcycles that speed down Orange and rev their engines to set off car alarms......HURRAY!
Robin Summitt Hunt October 26, 2012 at 06:33 AM
agree with Vicky!! it's just too bad that it has come to needing the extra enforcement...but obviously, it should be a wake-up call...and get people to slow down and obey the laws....they are there for a reason....!!!!
L. Bailey October 27, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Oh, so you think it's bad to ticket drivers who drive in Coronado with no license or have suspended licenses?? And speeders?? Run red lights? Not a problem in our community? Think again. It's not about the money. It's about keeping our streets and highways safe for our children and ourselves. If you are obeying the laws you have nothing to worry about.
L. Bailey October 27, 2012 at 12:23 AM
What do you not understand about obeying the traffic laws?? Police officers are protecting our community by ticketing people who break the law. Why is this a problem, especially considering the number of commuters and tourists who drive on Coronado's streets?
L. Bailey October 27, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Right on!! Agree with you 100%.
L. Bailey October 27, 2012 at 12:28 AM
This is not about the money. It's about keeping our streets and highways safe. Thank you Coronado Police Department for helping to keep our children safe.
Lindsay B. Kirk October 27, 2012 at 01:11 AM
For what? Enforcing the law?
Lindsay B. Kirk October 27, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Lot of negative comments. Must be ones who got ticketed.
Lindsay B. Kirk October 27, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Nazi Germany??? Musta gotten a ticket.
Brian Flick October 27, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Coronado citizens want safe streets clear of criminals including illegals, rapists, drug dealers, and speeders. However, just as school districts are defined geographically with different policies to serve their localized citizenry so are police departments. Common sense, statistics, and resident's indignation indicates a sweep like this is nothing more than an abuse of power. Although, in the state of Kalifornia I imagine longtime residents have grown inured to these abuses. If Coronado citizens are complaining then Mayor /police chief work with the people on appropriate measures. Longterm enforcement of traffic codes cannot be replaced by the shameful actions taken on wednesday. If you care about jaywalkers, speeders, parking violators then get out and do the hard work.
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Laura G. January 12, 2013 at 04:44 AM
I wish they would do this in my neighborhood. I would welcome them with open arms.


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