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California Highway Patrol conducts pedestrian safety operation in Southwest Riverside County


Last updated 5/23/2018 at 2:43pm

The California Highway Patrol last week conducted an operation dedicated to improving pedestrian safety and making sure motorists follow the rules of the road.

The Enhanced Enforcement Operation focusing on pedestrian safety was conducted Friday, May 18, on Pourroy Road and Promonotory Parkway near Murrieta, and Highway 74 and Ritter Avenue near Menifee, according to a news release from Officer Mike Lassig.

Lassig wrote that the operation was focused on motorists and pedestrians who failed to yield the right away or who took unsafe and illegal actions. There were 41 citations issued, five warnings given and an “an untold number of citizens were educated on the importance of pedestrian safety.”

The operation was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Traffic Safety Administration.

CHP officials strongly encouraged members of the public to observe the following practices to keep themselves and others safe.

• Drivers should be on the lookout for and yield the right-of-way to pedestrians.

• Drivers should slow down when in an area where pedestrians are likely to be.

• Never pass a car stopped for pedestrians. It is against the law and highly dangerous for

those crossing the street.

• Pedestrians should cross at the corner, at crosswalks, or intersections wherever possible.

This is where drivers expect to see pedestrians.

• Pedestrians should look both ways for traffic before crossing, make eye contact with the

driver, and make certain cars are yielding before crossing. Having the right-of-way does not

prevent you from being seriously injured by a driver who is not paying attention. Remember,

pedestrians don’t have armor!

• Pedestrians should wear bright colored, reflective clothing and use a flashlight when

walking during hours of darkness - Be visible!


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