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
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