Temecula: The California Highway Patrol is Conducting an Enhanced Pedestrian Safety Operation on May 15

There have been 9 Pedestrian Fatalities in the Temecula Area from January First through May 13 of this Year

As part of its ongoing efforts to improve pedestrian safety in southwest Riverside County, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will be conducting a pedestrian safety enforcement operation that will focus on motorists and pedestrians who fail to yield the right-of-way or who take unsafe and illegal actions.

The enforcement operation will take place on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Briggs Road and Baxter Road and also at Grand Avenue and Blackwell Boulevard within unincorporated area of Riverside County.

Regrettably, since January 1, 2019, through May 13, 2019, the CHP, Temecula Area has experienced 9 fatal traffic collisions involving pedestrians. The most recent tragedy occurred on April 6, 2019 when a pedestrian was struck by a 2007 Ford Flex passenger vehicle on northbound I-215 just north of Keller Road. The CHP is committed to preventing these tragic deaths and is leading the effort with proactive enforcement and education programs.

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.

CHP officers will conduct enforcement operations at heavily traveled crosswalks identified as having a high number of pedestrian fatalities and injuries. Officers dressed in plain clothes will be crossing the street while uniformed officers monitor the crosswalk for motorists and pedestrians who fail to yield right-of-way. Drivers and pedestrians stopped during this safety operation may be issued warnings or citations.

Crosswalk enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate pedestrian right-of-way laws to both drivers and pedestrians. The CHP conducts pedestrian enforcement actions in response to community requests and to educate the public on the rules at marked and unmarked crossings.

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

Press Release Provided By the California Highway Patrol