The California Highway Patrol issued 45 citations during a decoy operation in Sacramento Saturday to enforce right-of-way laws. The purpose was to catch motorists not yielding to pedestrians in the crosswalk and jaywalkers.
"I think it was a huge success,' said Adrian Quintero, CHP Valley Division spokesman. "Even for our officers, just by being out there as pedestrians and seeing motorists not yielding to them- it was eye opener for all of us."
The CHP undertook the project after a slew of auto-pedestrian accidents occurred in Sacramento in recent months. From Aug. 1 to October 31 this year, a total of 10 pedestrians were killed and 15 were injured in crashes in east, north and south Sacramento.
"The number of fatalities is the reason why we did it," said Quintero of the decoy operation. "We want to work with community leaders and safety coalitions to get the word out."
Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.,, four CHP motor officers, one CHP patrol officer and three CHP officer decoys worked at the intersection of Stockton Boulevard and 65th Street.
During that period of time, 26 citations were issued to motorists who did not yield the right of way to pedestrians using the crosswalk and four pedestrians were cited for jaywalking.
Another 15 citations went to motorists for other moving violations, such as making improper lane changes and failing to signal turns. Three motorists and one pedestrian were also given verbal warnings.
The decoy operation was the first for the CHP's California Pedestrian and Bicyclist Enforcement and Education Project, which was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.