MURRIETA: CHP announces planned school-zone traffic enforcement operation

MURRIETA – California Highway Patrol officials announced that as part of their ongoing efforts to improve pedestrian safety in Southwest Riverside County they will be conducting a traffic enforcement operation that will focus on traffic safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists on streets near Murrieta area schools. The enforcement operation will take place Wednesday, May 17, at Lisa J. Mails Elementary School and Dorothy McElhinney Middle School in Murrieta.

CHP’s stated goal is to “raise public awareness” and to “educate and encourage members of the community to develop and maintain safe practices while driving, walking, and bicycling,” CHP Public Information Officer Mike Lassig said in a written press release.

During the traffic safety operation, CHP officers will be conducting traffic enforcement operations within school zones identified as having a high number of pedestrian fatalities and injuries.

Officers will be watching for right-of-way violations, speeding, failing to obey crossing guards, and other common school zone violations, according to officials.

“These enforcement operations are an effective way to communicate pedestrian right-of-way laws to both drivers and pedestrians,” Lassig explained. “The CHP conducts these enforcement operations in response to community requests and to educate the public on the rules when traveling through a school zone.”

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

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