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Traffic enforcement to include bicyclists

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – South Lake Tahoe police traffic enforcement efforts will be “shifting gears” in the next couple weeks and will include a greater focus on bicyclists, according to a Sunday statement from Sgt. Shannon Laney.

Bicyclists have been identified as a “major problem” and a large part of injury collisions in the city include bicycles versus cars, Laney said.

He reminded bicyclists they are subject to the same laws as motorists.

Any bicyclist under the age of 18 must wear a helmet under California law. The police department has free bicycle helmets available for youth at the station, Laney said.

Over the summer, police conducted a traffic enforcement program targeting violators in residential neighborhoods.

Between June 14 to Sept. 4, police wrote 181 citations and 266 written warnings. The majority of the traffic stops were within the targeted neighborhoods, Laney said.

Over the same time frame, police responded to three crashes causing injuries and 11 traffic collisions without injuries.

In 2010 police wrote 209 citations and 243 warnings city wide between June 14 and Sept. 4. During that time, police responded to 21 traffic collisions causing injury and 24 traffic collisions without injuries, Laney said.

“There are several factors that can be attributed to the reduction, including a late start to summer weather, tourism and road construction,” Laney said. “However, it also shows that directing our efforts towards problem areas along with the help of our local media bringing attention to our efforts and public input has the greatest impact overall.”

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