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CHP decoy operation to target motorists who fail to yield to pedestrians

The California Highway Patrol will zero in Saturday on motorists who fail to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks in key areas of north Sacramento County.

CHP officers in plain clothes will use the crosswalks and will be backed up by CHP motor officers, who will conduct enforcement stops on vehicles that fail to yield to pedestrians and bicyclists in crosswalks.

The decoy operation is intended to remind motorists of California’s right-of-way laws for pedestrians, requiring that drivers yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, according to a CHP news release. The CHP reports an increase in recent months in the number of pedestrians and bicyclists killed in the region.

The decoy enforcement operation, scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., will focus on the areas of Madison Avenue and Auburn Boulevard, Fair Oaks Boulevard and Manzanita Avenue, and Watt Avenue and Auburn Boulevard.

Statewide, in 2011, CHP data indicates that pedestrians accounted for roughly 23 percent of the 2,835 people killed in collisions statewide, while bicyclists represented an additional 4 percent. Statistics also show that, during the same year, an additional 12,691 pedestrians were injured in collisions, as well as 13,606 bicyclists.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.