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Police issue 264 traffic tickets in day
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Manteca Police typically issue 27 traffic tickets for moving violation in a typical week.

On Wednesday motorist were issued 264 tickets or just under 10 times the amount for a typical week in one day.

It was thanks to a cooperative effort between police departments in Manteca, Tracy, Ripon, Lathrop, and Lodi that is putting 20 officers on motorcycles and patrol cars on the streets of those respective cities once or twice a month for stepped up enforcement of traffic laws.

The blitz on Wednesday saw 286 traffic stops with 264 citations issued. Officers also came across seven motorists driving on a suspended license and eight unlicensed driving. Last year Manteca Police officers issued 1,397 tickets for moving violations.

The next Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) will take place in Ripon.

Tickets Wednesday were issued for speeding, running stop signs and red lights along with talking on cell phones from the early morning hours to about 3 p.m. 

 A release issued by the Manteca Police Department noted “the goal of today’s STEP operation was to identify unsafe driving that often leads to collisions involving injury or death and enforce those violations through ticketing and education. A reduction in collisions saves lives and prevents injuries. Everyone can help in making Manteca’s streets safer. Slow down. Scan ahead. Don’t drink and drive. Put your cell phone down. Be aware of your surroundings. Report reckless driving. By doing these simple tasks the life you save, may be your own.”