A crackdown Friday on bicycle and pedestrian violations in Petaluma resulted in the city’s traffic officers handing out 57 tickets and 18 warnings.

A similar enforcement in January in Petaluma prompted 32 tickets and 83 warnings.

Police Sgt. Ken Savano said in a statement that bicycle violations included riding without a helmet, riding on the wrong side of the road and running stop signs.  Pedestrian violations included vehicles not yielding to pedestrians in a crosswalk, pedestrians in the roadway impeding traffic, jaywalking and pedestrian not obeying pedestrian crossing signal.

Officers also ticketed drivers for, among other things, running stop signs and red lights, right-of-way violation, U-turn in a business district, failing to obey traffic sign, cellphone use, texting while driving, unsafe backing and unsafe speed.

One driver was arrested on suspicion of driving without a license, and a bicyclist riding on the wrong side of a road was arrested after giving a false name to an officer and being found in violation of his probation, Savano said.

He said more enforcement  operations are planned throughout the year.  Funding for the operation came from a grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


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