Bakersfield Police cracks down on drivers not adhering to crosswalk safety near schools

Ticketed 8 people on Friday

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Bakersfield Police Department conducted a crosswalk safety operation near two schools in East Bakersfield, Friday.

The BPD conducted the operation after receiving multiple complaints about drivers not adhering to the crosswalk stops on Columbus Street near Washington Middle School. 

While at the stop, a uniformed officer accompanied the crossing guard during his daily duties. The BPD ticketed 8 people  for not coming to a complete stop, taking off before the crossing guard made it back to the sidewalk and speeding.

"I think they're doing a great job because they've really beefed it up recently," said Manai Delgado, who lives across the street from the targeted crosswalk.

According to crossing guard Ronald Grissom, this street is known as dangerous to many people.

"This cross walk here has been dangerous for a long time, I mean, I have talked to other people who have been here and they say they want to be moved because it's too dangerous," said Grissom.

With the help of the BPD, residents hope drivers will start paying attention and slow down.

"I think it's good because it kind of notifies people that 'look we're here, watching'," said Sara Ramos a resident who lives in the neighborhood.

The BPD said they will continue hosting this operations at different schools around the city.

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