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How does it work?

STTOP will take the information phoned in about the driver, his vehicle and the dangerous driving behavior and attempt to identify the offender. After locating the driver, a Sheriff's Deputy conducts an intervention with the driver and his/her parents. The programs' intent is not to prosecute, but to correct and educate the offender and his parents. Getting parents involved is the key. Young drivers do their best to impress parents with their safe driving. The parents can't always be there and peer pressure, or simply wanting to impress friends, often leads to deadly consequences. The goal of STTOP is to make teens better, safer drivers, which in turn benefits all drivers on the roadways.

Unlike some private organizations, there are no additional fees charged to parents of teens, to put a bumper sticker with a "toll free number" on a car (which can be easily removed). No additional taxes are levied on citizens. A postcard or letter isn't sent with a one-size-fits-all message, which can be easily lost in the mail, or thrown away by the teen. An experienced, uniformed law enforcement officer from the community visits the home, unannounced, to talk to the parents and teen. The impact this has is unrivaled.

What cities are currently participating?

There are many cities that already participate in STTOP, with more in the planning stages to join.

STTOP was created over 4 years ago, and has grown faster than anyone imagined. The following Los Angeles and Ventura County cities currently participate in STTOP:

  • Agoura Hills
  • Calabasas
  • City of Camarillo
  • Cresenta Valley Communities
  • Fillmore
  • Hidden Hills
  • Malibu
  • Moorpark
  • Oak Park
  • Ojai
  • Santa Clarita
  • Santa Paula
  • Simi Valley
  • Thousand Oaks
  • Westlake Village

These cities are included in the following U.S. Congressional Districts: 24th (Rep. Elton Gallegly) , 27th (Rep. Brad Sherman) and 30th (Rep. Henry Waxman). There are many more cities within these three districts and in other districts, that could join the program and help us create a "region of safety" for our kids in California!

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department started STTOP in 2003, with Goleta being the rollout city.

Great News!! Simi Valley implemented STTOP in April 2006.

Who pays for STTOP?

STTOP is funded by the cities who participate in the program, as well as corporate donors. Local small business and private donors have also contributed significantly to support the program.

It is truly a community effort. Please visit our Sponsors page. For more information on STTOP, contact us.

 
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