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SLO police step up safety patrols on problem spots for bike, car collisions

The San Luis Obispo Police Department is targeting problem areas with bike and pedestrian safety for traffic enforcement Wednesday.
The San Luis Obispo Police Department is targeting problem areas with bike and pedestrian safety for traffic enforcement Wednesday. The Tribune

The San Luis Obispo Police Department is stepping up its patrols Wednesday in city areas where collisions involving cars, bikes and pedestrians have occurred.

The department has studied locations where motorists have crashed into pedestrians and bikes over the past three years and will put extra officers in those spots to help reduce injuries and deaths.

Police will be looking for violations that have led to past crashes, including speeding, illegal turns, failing to stop at signs and signals and failing to yield to pedestrians.

Also, bicyclists will be stopped and cited for failure to obey traffic laws. Police encourage all riders to wear helmets, and those under 18 must wear them by law. Pedestrians also should cross the street only in marked crosswalks or at corners, the department said.

The department has investigated one death and 236 injury vehicle collisions involving pedestrians and bicycles over the past three years.

Funding for the safety program is being provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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