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CHP reports 36 citations issued in decoy operation promoting bicyclist, pedestrian safety

The California Highway Patrol reports that 36 citations were issued Saturday during a decoy enforcement operation in north Sacramento County designed to improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Extra motor officers and undercover officers patrolled areas where pedestrian and bicycle collisions occurred over the past year. The operation focused on the areas of Madison Avenue and Auburn Boulevard, Fair Oaks Boulevard and Manzanita Avenue, and Watt Avenue and Auburn Boulevard.

Officers were looking for violations by drivers, bike riders and pedestrians that could lead to serious injuries. Special attention was directed toward jaywalkers, as well as drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for signs and signals, and failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, according to a CHP news release.

The operation resulted in a total of 36 citations and five verbal warnings. Twenty of the citations were issued for right of way in the crosswalk and one citation each for pedestrians jaywalking, a pedestrian crossing against a “Do not cross” sign, a pedestrian failing to yield to a vehicle, a bicyclist failing to use the right edge of the roadway, and failure to stop for a red light. Eleven citations were issued for other moving and non-moving violations.

CHP officials said the California Pedestrian and Bicyclist Enforcement and Education Project will continue to work on reducing the number of pedestrians and bicyclists killed and injured locally through education and enforcement campaigns.

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