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Elk Grove police plan special enforcement to improve pedestrian, bike safety

Elk Grove police will conduct special enforcement activities Wednesday targeting violations by motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists that often result in crashes or injuries.

The department has mapped out locations over the past several years where pedestrian and bike collisions have occurred, along with the violations that lead to such crashes, according to a Police Department news release. Extra officers will be on duty, patrolling those areas.

Officers will be looking for violations by motorists, bike riders and pedestrians that can lead to serious injuries. Special attention will be directed toward drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for signs and signals, failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and other dangerous violations.

They also will be watching for pedestrians crossing the street illegally or failing to yield to drivers who have the right of way. Pedestrians should cross the street only in marked crosswalks or at corners.

Bike riders will be stopped and issued citations when they fail to follow the same traffic laws that apply to motorists. Police remind bicyclists to wear a helmet, noting that the law requires helmets for bicycle riders younger than 18 years old.

Elk Grove police have investigated four fatal collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists during the past three years. In 2012, 612 pedestrians and 124 bicyclists were killed in California, and 4,743 pedestrians and 726 bicyclists were killed nationwide.

Funding for the special enforcement program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.