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SMPD Lt. Jay Trisler wants to remind everyone that 'stop signs mean just that, stop!'
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SMPD Lt. Jay Trisler wants to remind everyone that 'stop signs mean just that, stop!'

News, Santa Monica, Police Department

Cops To Target Motorists Who Don’t Stop At Stop Signs, Red Lights

Posted Feb. 1, 2014, 10:25 am

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

Motorists who fail to stop for stop signs and red lights in Santa Monica will be targeted by Santa Monica police for the month of February.

Each month, the Santa Monica Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit focuses on different driving behaviors that are the primary causes for traffic collisions.

This month, motor officers in addition to their normal duties, will focus on individuals that fail to stop at these road signals.

SMPD Lieutenant Jay Trisler said these laws pertain to bicyclists as well.

WHAT CONSTITUTES A VIOLATION?

California Vehicle Code Section 22450 – Stop Requirements

22450.  (a) The driver of any vehicle approaching a stop sign at the entrance to, or within, an intersection shall stop at a limit line, if marked, otherwise before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection.

If there is no limit line or crosswalk, the driver shall stop at the entrance to the intersecting roadway.

(b) The driver of a vehicle approaching a stop sign at a railroad grade crossing shall stop at a limit line, if marked, otherwise before crossing the first track or entrance to the railroad grade crossing.

(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a local authority may adopt rules and regulations by ordinance or resolution providing for the placement of a stop sign at any location on a highway under its jurisdiction where the stop sign would enhance traffic safety.

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Feb. 1, 2014, 11:13:18 am

Terri said...

It's about time! Anywhere along Arizona Avenue, the drivers are particularly negligent about stopping which puts pedestrians at risk. Don't even get me started on the bicyclists!

Feb. 1, 2014, 12:19:31 pm

Gary Strathearn said...

I hope this includes the bicycle riders - the very worst at stopping at stop signs. I can't stand it when I am on my bicycle and stop at a stop sign and see other run the sign, almost causing accidents. It takes very little care and effort to stop. I can't figure out if they are stupid or just arrogant?? I hope the former.

Feb. 1, 2014, 12:22:46 pm

catherine said...

police should also look for those who ride a bike and dont stop at stop signs.

Feb. 1, 2014, 3:13:39 pm

Kathy said...

Bicyclists should also be targeted -- THEY TOO HAVE LAWS TO ABIDE BY. They cause near accidents AND accidents by not obeying traffic laws!!! So, SMPD keep your eyes open for ALL offenders! California, Washington

Feb. 1, 2014, 5:15:25 pm

Interpid Eye said...

Which month will they cite vehicles missing a front plate? Luxe cars appear to be exempt. My non-luxe car was cited twice in one week while parked legally, including once head-in in a structure. Creepy!

Feb. 3, 2014, 5:33:06 pm

Erik said...

Aww, are all the car drivers upset at the bikers? Poor babies…talk to me when you actually give a shit about anything other than your own personal agenda. I ride to work because I choose to - because I don't want to add to the smog or deal with the headache from idiot drivers. I roll stop signs, meaning I approach, slow down with intent and ability to stop and if it is clearly safe, I will continue. Which is better than many drivers do. Me rolling a stop sign doesn't endanger anyone but myself - but if you roll a stop sign in your ego-driven SUV, you run the risk of killing someone.

Feb. 4, 2014, 11:01:32 pm

Rob said...

Erik, road rules are road rules, whether you ride a bicycle/motorcycle or drive a car. Bicyclists in Los Angeles have a sense of entitlement and don't feel the need to abide by the rules. I ride a bicycle, ride a motorcycle, and have a car (and no not an SUV, but a gas saving one), and I follow all the road rules because it is about safety. I nearly hit a bicyclist in Venice, on more than one occasion, because they too rolled through a stop when it was my right of way. If you are going to be on the road, abide by the rules, whether you think you are being safe or not. There are no exemptions.

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