Crosswalk Sting Snags Buellton Motorists

Aims to Make Drivers Watch for Pedestrians Crossing Highway 246

The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department announced the results of a September 10 crosswalk sting along State Highway 246 in Buellton: During the 90 minutes of the operation, six motorists were cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian-in this case, a plainclothes police officer using a crosswalk. “That is a disturbing number of potential tragedies that could have occurred in a very short period of time,” said Lt. Julie McCammon, who serves as Buellton’s police chief. Traffic Deputy Win Smith said that pedestrian safety should be at the forefront of motorists’ minds, as school is back in session and even more residents are attempting to walk across the 246, a major commuter artery.

The report on the incident noted that one motorist admitted that she was “rockin’ out to her music” when she failed to stop in time.

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