106 tickets issued to violators near Metro Blue Line station in Long Beach
Officers issued 106 tickets in 2 1/2 hours Monday morning at the Metro Blue Line's Willow station in Long Beach during an operation intended to stop drivers and pedestrians from violating traffic laws, officials said.
More than a dozen motorcycle officers patrolled the Metro Blue Line station during the event, which ended at 10 a.m. Forty-three motorists were cited for talking on their cellphones while driving, and the remainder were ticketed for other routine traffic violations, said Metro spokesman Marc Littman.
In some cases, officers merely issued warnings and safety fliers for violating traffic laws near the station on Long Beach Boulevard between Wardlow Road and Anaheim Street.
"We do this periodically; it's not for show," Littman said Monday morning. "It's an ongoing safety campaign; the officers are out there every day citing people and warning people."
Although the Willow station is among the safest on the Blue Line from downtown L.A. to downtown Long Beach, scofflaw pedestrians along the train route are a major cause for concern for authorities policing the area.
Since 1990, seven people have been killed along the Long Beach segment of the Metro Blue Line, Littman said.
-- Nate Jackson