San Gabriel -- On Wednesday, December 9, 2009, between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m., the San Gabriel Police Department will be conducting a Pedestrian Decoy Operation at the intersection of San Gabriel Boulevard and Live Oak Street.
This operation, which is a joint operation with officers from nearby police departments, will result in the issuing of citations to drivers that fail to yield to pedestrians crossing the street.
Failure to yield to pedestrians in marked and unmarked crosswalks are a major factor in vehicle versus pedestrian traffic collisions, which often result in severe injuries to pedestrians; sometimes even fatal, a San Gabriel Police spokesperson said.
"All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed when crossing our local roadways by inattentive drivers. These Pedestrian Decoy Operations are an effort to reduce those tragedies and to increase driver awareness,” said San Gabriel Police Chief David A. Lawton.
The San Gabriel Police Department wishes to remind drivers to be aware of pedestrians crossing the street. Traffic accidents involving pedestrians have increased in the last couple of years in the City of San Gabriel and surrounding communities. As such, the San Gabriel Police Department reminds everyone to drive safely.
For additional information, contact Sergeant Antonio Hernandez with the San Gabriel Police Department Traffic Bureau at (626) 308-2860.