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Regarding the SMPD Pedestrian Decoy Operation on Wednesday, May 14th
Received the following release from Chief Diaz (cost information is at the bottom of the article):
On Wednesday, May 14, 2008, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. the Sierra Madre Police Department hosted a Pedestrian Decoy Awareness Program at the intersection of Sierra Madre Blvd. and Hermosa Ave. The Department has received many complaints from residents about flagrant crosswalk violations in the downtown area. Four Monterey Park Police Department motor officers and Jans Towing assisted the Sierra Madre Police Department in the operation. The emphasis for this event was on driver awareness, education and enforcement.
A total of 2,244 vehicles passed through this intersection during the operation. Officers wrote 42 citations and towed 2 vehicles. The following is a breakdown of the violations issued during the 4-hour period:
31 drivers were cited for Vehicle Code Section (VC) 21950(a) Driver not Stopping for Pedestrian in a Crosswalk;
2 drivers were cited for V.C. 12500(a) Unlicensed Driver;
7 drivers were cited for V.C. 27315(d)(1) Driver not Wearing a Seatbelt;
2 drivers were cited for V.C. 27315(e) Passenger not Wearing a Seatbelt;
1 driver was cited for V.C. 26708(a)(1) Objects Blocking Window;
1 driver was cited for V.C. 12951(a) Driver not in Possession of Driver License; and
1 driver was cited for V.C. 27007 Loud Music Heard 50-feet or More from Vehicle.
I then sent the Chief an e-mail asking for information regarding the costs of the operation. She responded: "We used a total of 8 hours of overtime for a SMPD sergeant and one officer. The costs were charged to a State grant fund, not to our General Fund. The other personnel were either on duty or volunteered. Police Chief Jones Moy of the Monterey Park PD graciously donated the services of the four motorcycle officers."
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