Spike in injury & fatal accidents leads to multi-agency Railroad Canyon enforcement operation

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif., — Citing the growing number of major injury and fatal traffic collisions that have been occurring on Railroad Canyon Road, the main thoroughfare connecting the Hemet/San Jacinto valley and Lake Elsinore, several area law enforcement agencies teamed up to conduct a four-hour traffic enforcement operation Wednesday morning, Nov. 10.

The high-visibility operation yielded nearly 60 traffic enforcement stops for a variety of violations along the heavily traveled corridor according to officials; who have said that several vehicles were impounded and several arrest warrants were served as a result of the morning’s activities.


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Several agencies, including Hemet, Murrieta and Menifee police departments, the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station and California Highway Patrol combined forces to conduct the joint agency operation, which was conducted from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m., Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Brad Foster later said of the targeted enforcement.

“The goal of the operation was to educate motorists and residents of the region that unsafe driving habits will not be tolerated and to help prevent traffic collisions,” the Sergeant explained. “To complete this goal, high-visibility enforcement was conducted throughout the cities of Hemet, Winchester, Menifee, Canyon Lake, and Lake Elsinore.”

During the four-hour operation, motorcycle officers conducted nearly 60 traffic enforcement stops on Railroad Canyon Road, from Canyon Lake to the 15 Freeway in Lake Elsinore.

Several vehicles were impounded for drivers having suspended drivers’ licenses and several arrest warrants were served as a result of the day’s targeted enforcement.


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“During the operation on Railroad Canyon Road there were no reported traffic collisions, showing the operation was successful in combating collisions,” said Foster; adding that the involved agencies plan to continue these type of enforcement operations in the near future.

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Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.