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Police to conduct pedestrian, bicyclist safety operation in Santa Maria Tuesday

Posted at 8:41 AM, Feb 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-25 22:34:08-05

Officers will be out in full force in Santa Maria Tuesday, stepping up enforcement in areas where crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists tend to occur.

Santa Maria police have been working for some time to map out troubled locations.

Over the last three years, they say 228 injury collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists have occurred in the city. Four of those people died.

Tuesday, police say officers will be looking for drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for stop signs, traffic lights or pedestrians in crosswalks. They’ll also be looking for pedestrians crossing the street illegally or failing to yield to drivers and bicyclists failing to follow the laws that apply to them.

The department is using funds from a $260,000 California Office of Traffic Safety grant for the operation.

The specified locations for Tuesday’s enforcement have not been publicly announced.