VISALIA AREA SCHOOL ZONE ENFORCEMENT OPERATIONS YIELD SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS

In an effort to save lives, the California Highway Patrol conducted a series of successful

Enhanced Enforcement Operations focusing on School Zones.

Visalia, Calif. – As part of ongoing efforts to improve pedestrian safety, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) recently conducted a series of school zone enforcement operations focusing on motorists and pedestrians that failed to yield the right-of-way or who take unsafe and illegal actions.

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

On various dates throughout the month, a school zone enforcement operation was conducted near Sierra View Academy focusing on drivers and pedestrians who were violating right-of-way laws. As a result of this effort, 12 citations were issued, 3 warnings were issued, 1 vehicle was impounded, and an untold number of people were educated on the importance of pedestrian safety.

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

  • Drivers should slow down and obey all traffic laws and speed limits, both in school zones and in neighborhoods surrounding the school.
  • Comply with local school drop-off and pick-up procedures for the safety of all children accessing the school.
  • Avoid double parking or stopping on crosswalks to let children out of the car. Double parking will block visibility for other children and motorists. Visibility is further reduced during the rain and fog when condensation forms on car windows.
  • Watch for children walking or biking to school when backing up (out of a driveway or leaving a garage).
  • Watch for children walking or bicycling (both on the road and the sidewalk) in areas near a school.
  • Watch for children playing and gathering near bus stops. Watch for children arriving late for the bus, who may dart into the street without looking for traffic.
  • 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 you from being seriously injured by a driver who is not paying attention. Remember, pedestrians don’t have armor!

The CHP is committed to doing our part to keep the community safe. We 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, please contact the CHP Visalia Area Public Information Officer Steve Beal at (559)734-6767.

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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