On St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, officers of the South Lake Tahoe Police Department are planning to conduct a specialized enforcement effort focusing on motorists who violate pedestrian’s right of way in crosswalks, as well as those motorists who ignore the flashing red lights displayed on our local school buses while picking up or delivering children
Pedestrians, particularly children, pose one of the highest safety risks related to traffic safety. The spontaneity of children can be particularly unpredictable around traffic, and pedestrians are the most vulnerable to injury or death when involved in a collision with a motor vehicle.
Here are a couple of points about which the department wants to remind the community.
A crosswalk is the part of the roadway set aside for pedestrian traffic. Under the law, every intersection in the city has a pedestrian crosswalk, whether or not lines are painted on the street. Crosswalks still exist even when ice and snow render the painted markings invisible.
These crosswalks are located at corners in all directions. Before turning a corner, watch for people about to cross the street. Pedestrians have the right of way in crosswalks.
Crosswalks are often marked with white lines. Yellow crosswalk lines may be painted at school crossings. Most often crosswalks in residential areas are not marked. Some crosswalks have flashing lights to warn motorists that pedestrians may be crossing, such as the intersection of Lake Tahoe Blvd and Friday Avenue. Look for pedestrians and be prepared to stop, whether or not the lights are flashing.
Under the California Vehicle Code, violating a pedestrian’s right of way in a crosswalk is an infraction.
The driver of any vehicle, upon meeting or overtaking, from either direction, any school bus that is stopped for the purpose of loading or unloading any school children and displays a flashing red light signal visible from front or rear, shall bring the vehicle to a stop immediately before passing the school bus and shall not proceed past the school bus until the flashing red light signal and stop signal arm, if equipped with a stop signal arm, cease operation.
Violation of this law is also an infraction.