Police target speeders in school zones

May 12, 2019

Speeding drivers in school zones have been the recent target of Lake Havasu City Police officers.

According to the police reports, officers cited a quartet of drivers for driving too fast on Palo Verde Boulevard. The age of the alleged offenders ranged 22 to 68.

The first driver to be caught up in the dragnet was 68-year-old Danny Wayne Scott, of Havasu. He was cited for driving 37 miles per hour in a 15 mph school zone in the 2600 block of Palo Verde Boulevard South near Telesis Prep.

Police said Scott was driving a white 2016 Lincoln sport utility vehicle when an officer clocked him driving more than twice the limit at 10:46 a.m., Wednesday, May 1.

The report said that Scott said he knew he was driving too fast and didn’t slow down in time.

The next to have to pay the piper was 57-year-old Leslie Ray Lawless, of Parker. Police said she was driving 36 mph in the school zone at 11:34 a.m., Wednesday, May 1.

Lawless said he knew the speed limit was 15, but he didn’t know how fast he was driving.

The third of the four stopped for speeding was 22-year-old Amanda Margret Ortiz, of Havasu. An officer’s radar indicated she was also driving 37 mph in the Telesis Prep area. This occurred at 1:14 p.m., Wednesday, May 1.

According to the report, Ortiz said she never saw the school zone signs and was distracted by her kids while talking to them. The children were aged 3 and 4 years old and were properly secured in safety seats.

A few days later, Scott Alan Rice, 25, of Kingman, was allegedly driving 40 mph in the 2200 block of Palo Verde Boulevard North at 1:41 p.m., Monday, May 6, when he was stopped near Nautilus Elementary School.