TEMECULA: CHP announces planned school-zone traffic enforcement operation

TEMECULA – California Highway Patrol officials announced that as part of their ongoing efforts to improve pedestrian safety in Southwest Riverside County they will be conducting a traffic enforcement operation that will focus on traffic safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists on streets near Temecula area schools. The enforcement operation will take place Wednesday, May 17, at Lisa J. Mails Elementary School and Dorothy McElhinney Middle School in Temecula.

CHP’s stated goal is to “raise public awareness” and to “educate and encourage members of the community to develop and maintain safe practices while driving, walking, and bicycling,” CHP Public Information Officer Mike Lassig said in a written press release.

During the traffic safety operation, CHP officers will be conducting traffic enforcement operations within school zones identified as having a high number of pedestrian fatalities and injuries.

Officers will be watching for right-of-way violations, speeding, failing to obey crossing guards, and other common school zone violations, according to officials.

“These enforcement operations are an effective way to communicate pedestrian right-of-way laws to both drivers and pedestrians,” Lassig explained. “The CHP conducts these enforcement operations in response to community requests and to educate the public on the rules when traveling through a school zone.”

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

 

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Trevor Montgomery runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News and Anza Valley Outlook and also writes for Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg and breaking his back in an off-duty accident.

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center and Lake Elsinore Station, along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 26 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 12 – soon to be 13 – grandchildren.

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