Jaywalkers – and drivers who don't yield to pedestrians – beware.
The Turlock Police Department will conduct a Pedestrian Safety Enforcement detail on Wednesday, in hopes of bringing awareness to the dangers of vehicle versus pedestrian collisions.
The detail, part of the Stanislaus Countywide Integrated Traffic Enforcement (CITE) effort, will see motorcycle officers from across the county target pedestrian violations. Officers will focus enforcement on both pedestrians breaking the law, and motorists who put pedestrians in danger by not following the law.
The effort comes as Turlock has experienced a marked increase in the number of vehicle versus pedestrian collisions, the Turlock Police Department says. Both pedestrians and drivers can be at fault, according to CITE.
“The goal is that both motorists and pedestrians will be cognizant of the traffic laws and be mindful of each other,” said Turlock Police Officer Sgt. Neil Cervenka.
The CITE team consists of officers from Modesto, Turlock, Ceres, Patterson, Newman, Waterford, and the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department. Those officers meet routinely to discuss specific traffic problems in each community.