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

Saturday, 1 Feb 2014, 10:25:00 AM

Brenton Garen

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!'

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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