The Moreno Valley Traffic Team conducted another Pedestrian Decoy Program near a Moreno Valley school, it was reported today.
Due to many complaints from pedestrians and the public regarding motorists who don’t stop when school children and pedestrians are using crosswalks, the decoy program was put into place.
Today’s operation was conducted between 8:15 a.m. – 9 a.m. at Eucalyptus Avenue and Running Deer Road, Sgt. Jim Bengston said in a Riverside County Sheriff’s press release.
An undercover officer was dressed in an oversize Santa Claus outfit to make him more visible to motorists.
Unlike a similar decoy program held last week, only three motorists were cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk during this morning’s operation.
“Most motorists saw Santa Claus and stopped for him while he was in the crosswalk,” Bengston said.
Bengston added that the decreased number of violaters is proof that past decoy programs and crosswalk enforcement operations have been effective.
The California Vehicle Code requires motorists to yield to all pedestrians in a crosswalk.
The decoy program is scheduled to take place throughout the year at various locations in Moreno Valley.
For more information about the Pedestrian Decoy Program, contact the Moreno Valley Police Department’s Traffic Division at 951-486-6900.
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