Streets of Speed - 4 Kids Unrestrained, Santa Maria Driver Ticketed
Wed, 16 Feb 2011 06:03:54 GMT —
Speeders in Santa Maria were greeted by the Speedzapper and a deputy constable Tuesday afternoon who came armed with tickets.
It was a record setting patrol for Deputy Constable Armando Gonzalez along Military Highway during after school hours.
The speed drops from 45 mph to 35 mph.
"Teaming up with the Speedzapper is something very good for Santa Maria and everywhere around Cameron County," Gonzalez said. "It's something we should do more often."
That's because two vehicles stopped were issued a combined 6 tickets for multiple violations.
Mia Depau of Brownsville was "zapped" speeding 43 mph in the school zone.
"Can I see your... insurance please," Gonzalez asked Depau?
That question posed a problem for her.
Mia was driving without current insurance.
The problems only mounted during the traffic stop.
"Can you lower that back window please," the deputy constable asked?
It turned out; two passengers weren't wearing their seatbelts in the back.
All of them were issued tickets too.
The other driver "zapped" was Domingo Lugo of Santa Maria.
His speed was 41 mph.
It was likely the least of his worries.
"How many kids are in the vehicle," Gonzalez asked Lugo?
Of the 4 small children, none of them were restrained, according to the deputy constable.
One toddler was seen on camera spread out in the front of a small pickup.
It was a shocking scene for a crossing guard who watched the traffic stop from nearby.
"The first thing that's going to happen... they're going to fly out the window," Juan Agueros said.
A 27-year-old unrestrained passenger in the back thought the Speedzapper was wasting the public's time filming the "dangerous" violations.
"There are other things you can be doing instead of recording this," she said.
Agueros couldn't disagree more.
He spends his days protecting children not putting them in "harm TMs way.
"We gotta be safe in this town," he explained.