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Sheriff’s Deputies and Los Angeles Police Department officers this morning participated in a traffic enforcement operation on about seven-mile stretch of the Blue Line from the Florence station to Artesia.
It’s in a section of the Blue Line in which trains run at speeds up to 55 miles per hour and where it’s especially critical that pedestrians and motorists obey all safety rules near the tracks.
The crackdown focused on illegal left turn violators, jaywalkers and distracted motorists among other safety violations — 314 citations were issued between 7:50 a.m. and 11 a.m. The operation is part of an ongoing effort to educate and remind drives and pedestrians about safety along the Blue Line corridor. One way to drive home that message is to issue citations to flagrant violators who do not pay attention to the numerous rail warning signs, flashing lights, crossing arms, bells and train horns.
The minimum fine for these citations is $100.
Metro’s emphasis on educating the public and making engineering improvements and enforcing the law has sharply reduced overall accidents on the Blue Line, particularly collisions between trains and cars and trucks. However, pedestrians and motorists who aren’t paying attention to warning signals and signs or engaged in other risky behavior such as jaywalking across the tracks are an ongoing concern for Metro because the public shares responsibility for their safety.
Here is video from the event:
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Here are the links to our March 2010 four-part series on Blue Line safety: