Thirty four citations and three warnings were issued to drivers Monday during a pedestrian safety operation conducted by the California Highway Patrol on Middlefield Road in North Fair Oaks.
The CHP-Redwood City conducted the enforcement operation, which in part looked to cite drivers not yielding to pedestrians, as part of a broader focus on areas within its jurisdiction that experience high numbers of collisions resulting in injuries and death, according to CHP Officer Art Montiel. Among those areas is Middlefield Road, where for years residents have called for safer conditions. Those calls led to the $12.5 million Middlefield Road Improvement Project, a streetscape redesign that will reduce vehicular lanes along Middlefield from Pacific to Fifth avenues from the current four to three, add bike lanes and widen sidewalks to make room for benches, landscaping, street art and public spaces.
“Pedestrian safety is a key issue in our community, and the CHP is committed to upholding pedestrian safety laws to protect our citizens,” the CHP-Redwood City said in a statement Tuesday.
The program as funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.