Moreno Valley police use leprechaun decoy again in pedestrian decoy program

News headline from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department:

In response to complaints from the public and local crossing guards, the Moreno Valley Traffic Team conducted a Pedestrian Decoy Program on Tuesday, March 20, from 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. at John F. Kennedy Drive and Pepper Court.

The Department has received numerous complaints regarding motorists not stopping for pedestrians in various crosswalks and intersections throughout the city, primarily those used by students walking to and from school.

The California Vehicle Code requires motorists to yield to all pedestrians in a crosswalk.  This operation is just one aspect of the Department’s Directed Enforcement Program.

This program utilized an undercover police officer walking in the crosswalk.  In previous operations many of the motorists stopped for these violations said they never saw the pedestrian in the crosswalk.

In an effort to make our pedestrian more visible this time, he was dressed in a large “Leprechaun” outfit.

Many motorists who were stopped said they never saw the “Leprechaun” in the crosswalk.

Our goal is to make motorists more aware of their surroundings and to be vigilant while driving, especially near schools and crosswalks.

During the decoy program today, which was the second one in a week, seven motorists received citations for “failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk” and two vehicles were impounded where the driver was found to be driving while unlicensed or suspended.

This program is scheduled to run throughout the year at various locations throughout the city.  For additional information the Moreno Valley Police Department Traffic Division may be reached at 951-486-6900.

See related story:  Leprechaun decoy used in Moreno Valley pedestrian enforcement

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

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