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POSTPONED: Santa Maria police plan bicycle, pedestrian safety crackdown

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Posted at 2:00 PM, Jan 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-16 14:23:07-05

(Update) - The planned bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement operations will no longer happen Thursday. We are told it'll be scheduled for another day.
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The Santa Maria Police Department will step up bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement operations Thursday.

Extra officers will be on duty patrolling in problematic areas that have been mapped out over the past 3 years.

Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers, bicycle riders and pedestrians.

This includes drivers speeding, making illegal turns, and failing to stop for signs and signals.

They'll be keeping an eye out for pedestrians crossing the street illegally or failing to yield to drivers who have the right of way.

Bicycle riders will be cited when they fail to follow the same traffic laws that apply to drivers.

The Santa Maria Police Department has investigated more than 228 injury collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists over the past three years. Four of those collisions were deadly.

Funding for this operation is part of a $260,000 grant provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety.