QUARTZ HILL – Local California Highway Patrol officers were in Quartz Hill this morning cracking down on law breaking bicyclists and pedestrians.
“For pedestrians, we’re making sure they’re crossing where they’re supposed to be crossing; and for bicyclists, we’re making sure they’re riding on the right side of the road, obeying the stop signs, obeying the red lights, and not riding directly in front of the vehicles,” Hernandez said. “Safety is everybody’s responsibility.”
The enforcement operation was aimed at promoting education and awareness in order to reduce the number of pedestrians and bicyclists killed and injured in collisions, according to Hernandez.
With education as the main goal, the majority of violators were given warnings and traffic safety brochures rather than citations.
In less than 45 minutes Friday morning, Hernandez alone had issued four warnings for various violations, including jaywalking, running stop signs, and parking against the flow of traffic.
Friday afternoon, the CHP’s pedestrian and bicycle education and enforcement operation targeted lawbreakers in the unincorporated area near east Palmdale, according to Hernandez.
“Places where we’ve had crashes or complaints from the community regarding pedestrians and bicyclists disobeying the rules of the road,” he said.
The operation ended with 50 law enforcement contacts and two citations issued to drivers who ran stop signs, Hernandez said.
Law breakers warned
Find bicycle riding safety tips at http://www.chp.ca.gov/html/bicycleriding.html.