BERMUDA DUNES, Calif. - The California Highway Patrol, Indio Area, conducted an enhanced school zone enforcement operation Thursday as part of an effort to educate drivers and save lives. CHP said the operation will focus on increasing safety in school zones within unincorporated areas of Riverside County.
One operation was done in the area of James Monroe Elementary School in Bermuda Dunes.
During the enhanced enforcement operation, officers enforced laws related to school zone safety as it applies and/or relates to pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists within the school zone, distributing safety information as it pertains to respective pedestrian, bicyclist, and motor vehicle safety laws, and assisting the public.
Officers conducted an operation Tuesday at Xavier Prep College Preparatory High School in Palm Desert. CHP said 12 citations were issued, 2 warnings were issued, and a significant number of drivers were educated on the importance of traffic safety.
Officers utilize multiple resources to maximize safety in the school zones, combining public awareness and education, in-view services, on-going communication and cooperation with school and community stakeholders, and proactive enforcement.
CHP said the enhanced enforcement operation is another means of ensuring the highest level of safety within the school zones located in various areas of unincorporated Riverside County which the CHP directly serves.
Funding for the program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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