Merced CHP safety enforcement operation results in 8 citations issued in less than one hour

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Officers dressed in plain clothes walked within crosswalks watching for motorists failing to yield right of way to pedestrians.

FRESNO, California (KSEE/KGPE) – On Tuesday, several officers from the CHP Merced area participated in another pedestrian enforcement operation near Schendel Elementary School in Delhi. It resulted in eight citations issued in less than one hour. 

Officers dressed in plain clothes walked within crosswalks watching for drivers failing to yield right of way to pedestrians. There were cones placed on both sides of the crosswalk at a distance of 193 feet, allowing for a vehicle traveling 10 miles per hour over the speed limit to safely stop prior to reaching the crosswalk. 

The officers would not enter the crosswalk unless the vehicle was beyond the location of the cones, giving drivers the opportunity to safely yield to people in the crosswalk. 

When a violation was observed, an officer in full uniform, in a fully marked patrol vehicle, made an enforcement stop on the violator and took the necessary enforcement action.

The goal of these types of operations is to reduce the number of people struck by vehicles in crosswalks as well as to reduce the severity of crashes involving those on foot.

Drivers and pedestrians share the responsibility to ensure the safety of one another. CHP is asking the community to be aware and vigilant of pedestrians and vehicle traffic while driving. 

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