The Rancho Santa Fe Association board renewed its annual contract with the California Highway Patrol for supplemental services in the Covenant at its Nov. 5 meeting.
“We’ve partnered with the community for over 11 years and it’s been a great partnership,” said California Highway Patrol Captain Amy Mangan. “My troops love being out here.”
Mangan said what has been most exciting about the partnership is the significant decline in traffic collisions. Since 2004, there has been a 40 percent decrease in accidents and a 50 percent decrease in injury accidents.
As part of the Association contract, CHP officers work overtime in the Covenant in addition to their regular enforcement. Input from the RSF Patrol and community member complaints informs where the CHP focuses its enforcement efforts.
This year supplemental CHP patrols were asked to address parking issues within the village. Mangan said the increased attention, conversations with people and ticketing has helped with parking compliance.
The number of citations has doubled from the same time period last year, with already 100 citations issued.
The supplemental patrol has also focused on issues with cyclists in the community and helped out with last year’s Halloween parade, which Mangan said the officers all greatly enjoyed being a part of. The patrol’s priorities are targeting dangerous issues such as driving under the influence, speed and intersection and cell phone violations.
“It’s most important to make sure that we’re saving lives,” Mangan said. “Those things remain our focus.”