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Fresno police are watching how you cross the street or pedal your bicycle

Fresno police are focusing enforcement efforts Saturday on motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians who violate the law.
Fresno police are focusing enforcement efforts Saturday on motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians who violate the law. Fresno Bee File Photo

Fresno police were on the lookout for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians who violated traffic laws Saturday in hopes of lowering deaths and injuries.

As part of the Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations, officers increased traffic patrols to search for drivers who were speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for signs and signals, failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks or any other dangerous violations.

Police said they would focus on areas where there are high rates of bike traffic, pedestrian traffic and collisions.

Officers also were looking for pedestrians who failed to use a crosswalk or yield to drivers who had the right of way as well as bicyclists who failed to follow the same traffic laws that apply to motorists.

The results? Sergeant Mark Keeney reported there were 21 vehicle stops and six citations for those failing to yield to pedestrians.

There were 35 pedestrian stops and 21 citations, including walking in the roadway, failure to yield to oncoming vehicles, crossing between controlled intersections and failure to obey traffic signals or signs.

Bicyclists were subjected to 22 stops, with 21 citations for violations including failure to obey traffic signs or signals and riding the wrong way in traffic.

From 2013 to 2015, Fresno police investigated 741 injury collisions and 51 fatalities involving pedestrians and bicyclists.

Chueyee Yang: 559-441-6447, @chueyee15

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