Pedestrian safety enforcement operations in Winchester Area yield safety improvements

A driver violates the right of way to decoy pedestrian who is a California Highway Patrol officer. Decoy stepped into the crosswalk when driver was 300 feet away. California Highway Patrol officer Michael Murawski No. 15892 photo
A driver violates the right of way to decoy pedestrian who is a California Highway Patrol officer. Decoy stepped into the crosswalk when driver was 300 feet away. California Highway Patrol officer Michael Murawski No. 15892 photo

WINCHESTER – As part of its ongoing efforts to improve pedestrian safety, the California Highway Patrol recently conducted a pedestrian safety enforcement operation that focused on motorists and pedestrians who failed to yield the right of way or who take unsafe and illegal actions.

Pedestrian safety is a key issue in the community, and the CHP is committed to upholding pedestrian safety laws to protect citizens.

The pedestrian enforcement operation was conducted, Aug. 24, on State Route 79 Winchester Road, directly in front of Winchester Elementary School. The operation was designed to focus on drivers and pedestrians who were violating right of way laws. As a result of this effort, 11 citations were issued, two warnings were issued and an untold number of citizens were educated on the importance of pedestrian safety.

The CHP strongly encourages members of the community to follow basic safe practices.

Drivers should be on the lookout for pedestrians and yield the right of way to pedestrians.

Drivers should slow down when they are in an area where pedestrians are likely to be.

Never pass a car stopped for pedestrians. It’s against the law and is highly dangerous for those crossing the street.

Pedestrians should cross at the corner, at crosswalks or intersections wherever possible. These points are where drivers expect to see pedestrians.

Pedestrians should look both ways for traffic before crossing, make eye contact with the driver and make certain cars are yielding before crossing. Having the right of way does not prevent pedestrians from being seriously injured by a driver who is not paying attention. Remember, pedestrians don’t have armor; be smart.

Pedestrians should wear bright-colored, reflective clothing and use a flashlight when walking during hours of darkness. Be visible.

The CHP is committed to doing their part to keep the community safe. They urge every member of the community to be safe and follow the rules of the road. Traffic safety is everyone’s responsibility. For additional information, contact the CHP San Gorgonio Pass Area’s Public Information Officer Darren Meyer at (951) 769-2000.

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

Sgt. Adrian Horta No. 16785 issues driver a citation. California Highway Patrol officer Michael Murawski No. 15892 photo
Sgt. Adrian Horta No. 16785 issues driver a citation. California Highway Patrol officer Michael Murawski No. 15892 photo

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