by Mitch Lehman
San Marino Police Chief Tim Harrigan calls them ‘The Three Es,’ and one of them – Enforcement – was recently on display as the San Marino Police Department hosted what cops call a multi-agency, high visibility safety traffic operation.
“A high visibility safety detail is an operation where traffic officers enforce traffic laws throughout the city and issue citations to raise awareness to local commuters,” Harrigan told The Tribune.
Officers from the San Gabriel, Alhambra, South Pasadena and Monterey Park Police Departments assisted the SMPD as officers focused on the vicinities of Valentine Elementary School, Huntington Middle School and Carver Elementary School.
During periods of high volume, officers conducted enforcement stops for speeding in school zones, failure to yield to pedestrians, and other traffic violations.
After school was in session, officers began to focus their attention to other traffic complaints throughout the city. During the operation, seven traffic officers conducted thirty-eight traffic stops and issued twenty-seven traffic citations.
“Enforcement, however is only one of the three “E’s” of traffic,” said Harrigan. “The others are ‘Education’ and ‘Engineering.’”
Harrigan said he has been working with the city engineer and members of the department of public works to enhance safety in San Marino.
“We have been active in all fields,” said Harrigan. “Educational effort has been concentrated upon the children and youth in the community. In cooperation with the schools, the frequency of children walking and biking to school has increased significantly. Additionally, funding from Safe Routes to School is allowing the city to engineer new pedestrian safety crossings on Huntington Drive, at Kenilworth, Ridgeway and Chelsea Road.”
Construction has already started on the new crosswalks and beginning tomorrow, crews will be working throughout the night on weekends in order to finish the project on schedule.
“Those intersections where we are doing work is where we have conducted pedestrian safety operations,” Harrigan said. “We continue to receive comments about the difficulty of crossing those areas of Huntington Drive. These new crosswalk systems are our way of trying to mitigate the danger.”
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