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Police Cite Almost 200 Cars for Pedestrian Violations

Police say since March, a total of 199 cars have been cited as part of the Pedestrian Safety Operations and Safe Routes to School (SRTS).

Pedestrian Safety Operations taskforce officers have been cracking down on drivers not yielding to pedestrians since the Operations began in March.

Just a couple weeks ago, .

During the Pedestrian Safety Operations,  to enforce the California Vehicle Code pertaining to pedestrians.

“By law, a pedestrian has to get back on the sidewalk before a driver goes through a crosswalk,” said San Marino Police officer Victor Gee. “Many drivers who were cited didn’t see the pedestrians crossing and some drivers didn’t see the flashing yellow lights on a crosswalk."

The police have also been citing drivers as part of the , which strives to encourage students to walk or bike to and from school.  Through SRTS, about 146 cars were cited.

“The cars that were cited were cited between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and also from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.,” said Gee, who is part of the SRTS taskforce.

San Marino Police were especially vigilant during these times because these are times during which students are walking to and from school. 

Although the SRTS program ends in May, the San Marino Police will continue to enforce the following California Vehicle Code throughout the continuing Pedestrian Safety Operations. California Vehicle Code Section 21950.(a) says:

"The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, except as otherwise provided in this chapter.

   (b) This section does not relieve a pedestrian from the duty of using due care for his or her safety. No pedestrian may suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard.

   (c) The driver of a vehicle approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk shall exercise all due care and shall reduce the speed of the vehicle or take any other action relating to the operation of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian."

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