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Temecula CHP plans crackdown on inattentive motorists, pedestrians


Last updated 5/14/2019 at 12:53pm

TEMECULA - To deter bad decisions by motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists using rights-of-way throughout southwest Riverside County, the California Highway Patrol will be conducting enforcement operations at a number of intersections beginning Wednesday, May 15.

The safety campaign is set to get underway Wednesday morning at Baxter and Briggs roads in French Valley, as well as Blackwell Boulevard and Grand Avenue, just west of Lake Elsinore, according to the CHP.

Officer Mike Lassig, with the agency's Temecula office, said the operations stem from concerns about fatal accidents over the last four months, since Jan. 1.

According to Lassig, nine pedestrians have been killed in that time, and the ensuing investigations pointed to the need for a safety campaign which "will focus on motorists and pedestrians who fail to yield the right-of-way, or who take unsafe and illegal actions.''

"The CHP is conducting this public awareness and enforcement program to educate and encourage members of the community to develop and maintain safe practices while driving, walking and bicycling throughout southwest Riverside County,'' Lassig said.

He said additional enforcement operations are scheduled in the coming months.

The campaign is being funded through grants provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and administered by the California Office of Traffic Safety.


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