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Chicken Decoy Helps Police Nail 31 Drivers In Lake Elsinore

Even though the decoy was wearing a bright yellow costume, most drivers stated they did not see him crossing the road.

A member of the Lake Elsinore Police Department dressed up as a chicken Thursday as part of a law enforcement crackdown aimed at drivers who don't yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.  Photo/Lake Elsinore Police Dept.
A member of the Lake Elsinore Police Department dressed up as a chicken Thursday as part of a law enforcement crackdown aimed at drivers who don't yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. Photo/Lake Elsinore Police Dept.

One would think drivers might yield to a person crossing the street wearing a bright yellow chicken suit.

Apparently, not everyone in Lake Elsinore pays attention to pedestrians -- loud outfit or otherwise.

A member of the Lake Elsinore Police Department dressed up as a chicken Thursday as part of a law enforcement crackdown aimed at drivers who don't yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.

The department conducted the crosswalk enforcement operation at five different locations in the city; two spots were located in close proximity to Lake Elsinore schools. 

There have been numerous complaints from the community about unsafe drivers near local schools.

Lake Elsinore motor officers monitored crosswalks as the decoy walked through, explained the department's Sgt. Peter Giannakakos.

In total, officers ended up citing 31 drivers for failing to give way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk as well as one citation for speeding, the sergeant reported.

"Even though the decoy was wearing a bright yellow costume, most drivers stated they did not see him crossing the road," according to the report from Giannakakos.

Thursday's crackdown was widely publicized, and drivers were warned about the enforcement ahead of time. Click here to read an article that was posted Oct. 22 alerting residents to the traffic operation.

Roberto November 04, 2013 at 11:47 PM
So you think Trafficula & Motoretta are nice? ....Move all the way out here to live side by side by side LOL!
Karen Snyder November 10, 2013 at 03:06 PM
Thank goodness the cops are not dressing again like Santa and stepping out in traffic. I thought when they dressed as Santa a few years ago was the most STUPID lamebrain idea they could come up with! Santa tickets a young mom with her small children in the car and they see their mom upset - what kind of message does that send??? Why can't they wear their cop uniform and step out? Why is it necessary to dress up at all? I agree with the other person that I too would hesitate in stopping as I would wonder if it was a prank of some kind. I would, however, stop if I saw a uniformed cop.
No one November 10, 2013 at 06:14 PM
I don't remember the cops dressing like Santa and handing out tickets but I do remember Fire fighters do this one year to collect money for some charity. They were walking in between cars stopped at a very busy intersection. I thought that was stupid too because someone could run them down!
Jack David Lopez Sr. November 17, 2013 at 11:48 PM
great job....i agree with most, terrible drivers around here....i mean just think about all the roadside memorials you see on grand, lakeshore, and riverside dr........this town needs more street lights as well.

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