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¾ of 121 traffic tickets issued in 8 hours go to non- Ripon residents
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The objective of the Multi-Agency STEP Operation is to keep the roads safe for both motorists and pedestrians.

Police Chief Ed Ormonde mentioned that at Tuesday’s Ripon City Council meeting.

In his report to elected leaders, he noted that STEP —  an acronym for Saturation Traffic Enforcement Program — was a joint effort consisting of local police working in conjunction with the Tracy Police Department, Manteca Police Department and Lathrop Police Services.

He thanked the neighboring law enforcement agencies for their collaborative June 6 efforts.

“We issued 121 (traffic) citations in eight hours,” Ormonde said.

Of that, most involved speeding and seat belts coupled with various vehicle code violations — red lights, stop signs, and distracted driving.

Two were cited for driving with suspended licenses.

Officers wree deployed to areas identified as problematic based on statistical data and various citizen complaints, according to police.

The goal of this operation is to decrease traffic collisions via enforcement efforts focused on hazardous moving violations.

Mayor Leo Zuber was interested in how many of these citations involved local residents.

“One-quarter were from Ripon while the other 75 percent were from out of town, based on their license information,” Ormonde said.

He added: “We plan to do it again (with the STEP Operation) — we just don’t know when or where.”