In La Center, where posted speed limits rarely exceed 35 mph, traffic citations went up 472 percent from 2011 to 2012. Police issued 504 notices of infraction, compared with 88 the year before.The figures may raise eyebrows or simple make you wonder why?Turns out, there’s no single, simple answer, but in September 2011 there was a clear turning point for enforcement efforts.At that time, the agency increased its coverage area to include Northwest La Center Road, a major thoroughfare from the city to the Interstate 5 junction. The speed on this 2-mile stretch is 50 mph and changes to 25 mph when motorists hit the bridge that crosses the East Fork Lewis River into La Center. It’s the most direct and well-traveled route into the city, and many motorists use it to get to northeastern parts of Clark County.In the last decade, La Center Road has been a site for traffic fatalities.Three years ago, in September 2010, a drunken driver crashed into a motorcycle, killing a La Center couple out for a ride. Six years before that, three people died when a car crossed the centerline and collided with an oncoming vehicle.When La Center Road entered the jurisdiction for city police, officers became more active in enforcement to thwart traffic fatalities and major injury accidents. Six officers and a sergeant patrol the city of 3,000.A majority of the city’s infractions are given out on this road, including the overwhelming majority of speeding infractions and tickets for failing to obey traffic control devices.
"La Center puts the brakes on speeding"