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CHP plans decoy operation to improve pedestrian, bicyclist safety

The California Highway Patrol will conduct a decoy enforcement operation in an effort to improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists on north Sacramento County roadways.

The CHP’s North Sacramento area office will step up bicycle safety and pedestrian enforcement through an undercover decoy operation targeting factors that cause collisions involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists, according to a CHP news release.

Extra motor officers and undercover officers will be on duty, patrolling areas where pedestrian and bike collisions have occurred over the past year in an effort to lower deaths and injuries, officials said. The operation is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, weather permitting, in the areas of Madison Avenue and Auburn Boulevard, Fair Oaks Boulevard and Manzanita Avenue, and Watt Avenue and Auburn Boulevard

Officers will be looking for violations that could lead to injuries, with special attention directed toward drivers who speed, make illegal turns, fail to stop for signs and signals, fail to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks or any other dangerous violation.

In addition, officials said, enforcement actions will be taken for observed violations when pedestrians cross the street illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way. Bicycle riders will be stopped and citations issued when they fail to follow the same traffic laws that apply to motorists. State law requires bicycle riders younger than 18 to wear helmets, and the CHP reminds pedestrians that they should cross the street only in marked crosswalks or at corners.

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

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