The operation took place from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 6) on Avenue I, between 10th Street West and Sierra Highway.
It was conducted by several Lancaster Station reserve deputies as part of an overall effort to reduce the increasing number of “auto vs. pedestrian” collisions in the city of Lancaster, said Lancaster Station’s Traffic Sergeant Paul Pfrehm.
More than 40 such collisions have occurred in Lancaster, this year alone, which is a drastic increase from years past, said Lancaster Community Relations deputy Michael Rust.
“The majority of these collisions are caused by somebody walking in the middle of the road, jaywalking,” Rust said, adding that some pedestrians were killed in the collisions, while others are in the hospital near death.
“We’re just trying to cut down on that and bring some public awareness to it,” Rust said. “We’re taking a zero tolerance policy because of the increase in collisions.”
In conducting Saturday’s jaywalking operation, reserve deputies in uniform drove marked police cars back and forth on Avenue I, watching for people crossing in the middle of the street, Rust said.
They caught 25 people jaywalking and made two arrests for vehicle code violations.
“One person they stopped for jaywalking had a felony warrant, so they arrested him for his felony warrant,” Rust said.
Lancaster Station will conduct several more jaywalking enforcement operations in the future, according to Traffic Sergeant Pfrehm.