A crosswalk operation performed by the Garden Grove PD earlier this month resulted in 131 citations issued to drivers who failed to yield the right of way to a GGPD cadet wearing a reflective safety vest while crossing in a crosswalk.
The May 12 operation, funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety, was held at Lemonwood Lane and Garden Grove Boulevard as part of the city’s Accident Reduction Campaign, a news release said.
“This enforcement operation was conducted after National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April, where we saw a lot of drivers not paying attention to the road or their surroundings,” said GGPD Motor Officer Kathy Anderson, a member of the Accident Reduction Team. “We’re out there with the primary purpose to help raise awareness and to prevent fatal accidents.”
The 131 motorists failed to yield despite fluorescent signs at the crosswalk and signs 300 feet before the crosswalk, the news release said.
The City’s Accident Reduction Team, comprised of GGPD motorcycle officers, is asking Garden Grove drivers to slow down and keep an eye out for pedestrians. The Accident Reduction Team reaches out to commuters through various media outlets, as well as through community meetings and presentations to educate the public on the dangers of not following traffic laws.
To view the live streaming of the crosswalk operation, search for #StayAlertGG and #SafeStreetsGG on Facebook or Instagram @GardenGroveCityHall
For more information, contact the Garden Grove Police Department Community Liaison Division at 714-741-5760.