Five dozen citations were issued by Riverside County sheriff’s deputies during a St. Patrick’s Day crackdown on motorists caught ignoring pedestrian rights of way near Moreno Valley schools, authorities said Friday.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Chad Craig said that patrol deputies conducted the crosswalk operation between 6:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Thursday, targeting motorists who disregard roadway rules on yielding to pedestrians.
Deputies stationed themselves at JFK Drive and Pepper Court, as well as the intersection of Eucalyptus Avenue and Running Deer Road.
“Both of these intersections have uncontrolled crosswalks that are frequently used by students,” Craig said. “This operation was in response to a high level of vehicle versus pedestrian traffic collisions throughout the city.”
A total 60 tickets were issued to motorists who allegedly failed to yield, and another four drivers were ticketed for driving without a valid license, according to Craig.
Additional crosswalk crackdowns are planned throughout the year.
On Tuesday, a 2-year-old boy and his babysitter, a 53-year-old woman, were killed as they walked in a marked crosswalk near Liberty Elementary School in Riverside and were struck by a 46-year-old woman driving a Range Rover. The boy’s 6-year-old sister was injured and taken to a hospital.
Nearby residents said they repeatedly complained about drivers not yielding to pedestrians in that area.