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1970 - Lagasse family helps save Mentryville buildings as Newhall and Malibu brush fires erupt & join into worst fire in SoCal history. Twelve fires over 10 days burn 525,000 acres, kill 13 people and destroy approx. 1,500 structures. [story]


In partnership with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, the city of Santa Clarita is asking drivers to just slow down.

This is a busy time of year on city streets with people rushing to get ready for the start of school, beginning new fall activities and getting excited for one last long holiday weekend. With all this hustle and bustle it is important to remember to obey the speed limits on our city streets.

“I know how hectic it can be this time of the year,” Santa Clarita Mayor Cameron Smyth said. “But we are urging drivers not to speed. The danger is too great, because this is our community and our families are the ones in the car next to you and in the crosswalks. Please slow down.”

To help impress this important message on local drivers, the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station is putting an emphasis on proactive enforcement. Residents may have observed the increase in motor deputies on city streets making sure people are obeying the speed limit and avoiding distracted driving.

“Every time you get behind the wheel of your car you are making a choice to drive safely or not,” said SCV Sheriff’s Station Captain Robert Lewis. “It is your choice to speed, your choice to text, your choice to not focus on who could be crossing the street in front of you. What you don’t have a choice in is the outcome. It could be something as minor as meeting one of our deputies and getting a citation, to causing a traumatic fatal car accident. We ask you to make the safe choice.”

The sheriff’s department and the city will be collaborating on safety messaging through social media to continue to share this important message: Because this is our community, our families…slow down!

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  1. Note to LASD: If you want drivers to slow down, get out on the road and make a “show of force!” Copper Hill is a freakin’ raceway in the morning.

  2. Kelly R Axen Kelly R Axen says:

    They need to put officers over for Copperhill/Mcbean people this morning were driving like idiots!

  3. Mary Miller Mary Miller says:

    Adding my voice to the Copperhill request, and requesting Haskell as well. Especially with school starting this week! Haskell is so dangerous! The speed limit is 45 and if you dare “only” go 45? You’ll get passed in the median or the bike lane! Ugh.

  4. Jayme Aliano Jayme Aliano says:

    People ALWAYS drive copper hill like assholes. No respect for others.

  5. Laurie Solis Laurie Solis says:

    Try reducing the 50mph speed limit at the target entrance! And i was almost killed twice in a row in the north mcbean mcdonalds parking lot. People go about 60 in the parking lots.

  6. I see motorcycle cops on McBean by McDonalds from time to time, they do need to focus on CopperHill and McBean. I used to live at Provence and hear the racing cars. I would cringe every time

  7. Nicole Galdi Nicole Galdi says:

    People are are going way to fast on residentials around Arroyo Seco Jr. High. Kids walk to school, please SLOW DOWN!

  8. I guess those of you that commented aren’t aware of all of the entitled people out there, the same ones that run red lights, speed and can’t find a lane they like. Slow down is right, people are dying

  9. Next thing they will add pretty to please……stop with the coddling. Speed limits should be enforced. People know the limits posted and decide these law don’t apply to them. LE should be saying “slow down or the next death could be on your shoulders”. Not please slow down…..to get these peoples attention is going to take more than a please and thank you.

  10. Cheryl Glenn Cheryl Glenn says:

    It’s not uncommon to see drivers traveling 60 plus mph on Newhall Ranch Rd! This is not a freeway.

  11. travis levy says:

    Not only do we need to improve on slowing people down. We also should be looking at people who don’t stop at stop signs, red lights, using their turn indicators, talking on the phone, lanes changes in the middle of the intersection and crossing over double yellow lines. All of those are a daily occurrence. One thing the city should do is make improvements to our signal lights. The timing is horrible. At 4am while I’m traveling to work on Mc Bean and Im the only one on the road about to approach Decoro, the light on Mc Bean should not turn red with no one around. Makes no sense and it forces people to speed so they wont get stuck at the lights.

  12. WMSCV says:

    There will never be compliance to traffic laws as long as driver’s have freewill to violate them. We can complain all day long it will make no difference. Your government can’t protect you. Writing tickets will not fix driver’s who don’t care. Unless you want a police state with police on every corner just buckle up, stay alert, drive defensively and don’t violate any traffic laws.

  13. Janet Eminian says:

    Northbound McBean between Decoro & Copper Hill is a freeway with people tailgaiting and weaving in & out of lanes. City needs to install the flashing signs that register travel speed + a SLOW DOWN for both north & southbound traffic on McBean. LASD needs to enforce the 50 MPH speed limit before another tragic fatal accident occurs…

  14. Katherine Edwards says:

    We must lower the speed limits in Santa Clarita and then enforce enforce enforce!

  15. Janet Eminian says:

    Northbound traffic on McBean between Decoro & Copper Hill is like a freeway. I’ve seen cars doing 65-70, tailgating, weaving in & out of lanes & often running the red light at Northpark Dr. Since May, there have been 2 speed-related fatal accidents…City needs to install flashing speed signs w/ SLOW DOWN warning in both directions.

  16. jim says:

    Careful, y’all. There aren’t enough Deputies to lay in wait with radar to cite offenders on all the main arteries of this town. Unless you will be happy with robo-citations based on traffic cameras.

    Not to mention that the majority of quality employment (aka best-paying) is still over the hill to the south. Just posting deputies on the main lines to the freeways every morning would make a lot of money for the Sheriffs. And a lot of anger and hate here in town.

    Soon the freeways will lock up completely due to Newhall Ranch traffic and the paving repairs on the I5 South. Sand Canyon/Little Tujunga Rd will remain closed until the USFS and every other agency is satisfied. That leaves Sierra Hwy and The Old Road as the only alternative south – and they are both two lane roads that intersect right under the I5 – State Highway 14 overpasses. And it remains two lanes until after Balboa. Yeah, go ahead and take Foothill, it’s so much better.

    Leave extra early or build up your sick time folks. The suckage is going to increase.

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