SLTPD stepping up bike and pedestrian traffic enforcement |

SLTPD stepping up bike and pedestrian traffic enforcement

The South Lake Tahoe Police Department will be stepping up bicycle and pedestrian traffic safety enforcement through July and August.

Officers will be deployed on bicycles and police motorcycles conducting targeted enforcement to educate the public on pedestrian and bicycle safety laws, according to SLTPD.

In 2013, SLTPD conducted 42 traffic collision investigations involving serious or fatal injuries. Of those, 10 involved bicycles and five involved pedestrians.

The department’s intention is to make the city a safer place to live and visit by targeting problematic violations that cause collisions.

Some of the traffic violations officers will crack down on are jaywalking on Hwy 50, vehicles not yielding to pedestrians at crosswalks, bicyclists not riding in the same direction as traffic, bicyclists not stopping at stop signs and red traffic signals and obeying all traffic laws, cycling under the influence, bicyclists not wearing the proper safety equipment at night, not wearing a helmet while on a skateboard or bicycle if under 18 years of age and drivers or bicyclists wearing a headset or earplugs covering both ears.

Funding for the program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For more traffic safety information, visit

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