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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.

Diana October 24, 2013 at 09:29 PM
It's about time, we have some of the worse drivers I have ever experienced in this town. I drove Grand Ave tonight returning from Temecula to LE, from Clinton Keith to home there was CHP and two other Sheriff's on Grand pulling people over. This is great to see, the commuters from Murrieta and Temecula abuse Grand Avenue all the time while driving through our town.
make a difference October 24, 2013 at 09:30 PM
Nice.
Love2Hunt October 24, 2013 at 09:33 PM
Saw more police today around schools than I've ever seen. It was a nice drive home today. No stress no mess. Keep it going LEPD... Oh yeah, budget cuts won't allow it 😒
michael g October 24, 2013 at 09:48 PM
very nice job!.keep grinding law dogs. slow em down take um down.slow down the race track. that is grand ave a.k.a.death trap.bring in more take down the tweekers.
turnitaround October 24, 2013 at 09:50 PM
I have seen it all. Wow!
Beth Fermoile October 24, 2013 at 09:53 PM
Way to go Chicken!!
justme October 24, 2013 at 11:07 PM
They did this at canyon lake middle school today
Jeff L. October 24, 2013 at 11:33 PM
How can you not see a yellow chicken? This scares me because my car is yellow. I have two muscle cars, yet I drive them responsibly, unlike most drivers(not all) in the Lake Elsinore area. You can usually tell that it's not this city's wonderful people, it's Temecula and Murrieta's trash ruining this great city. Although this city has a bad rap of not using proper turn signals. It's one of the easiest things to do in one's entire life besides breathe. Sad to see so many people still not smart enough to use something as simple as a turn signal.
Jacqueline Hunter-Mason October 24, 2013 at 11:38 PM
I think there should be officers posted at the top of the hill at the intersection of Grape and Canyon Hills. Those people run those lights on a daily basis. I am surprised there aren't many accidents there. The light changes and they keep on driving when they clearly know and see they don't have the right of way.
You're An Idiot October 25, 2013 at 02:57 AM
Yes, Camper, lets worry about drugs and not children being mowed down in school zones (you obviously have no children) Maybe, they can balance time between both, what a concept. BTW Camper, thanks for showing your smart side by calling officers of the law pigs. What do you call them when you are in need of them? You are a doomass sir.
Rena Howe October 25, 2013 at 10:08 AM
I've seen some pretty bad driving in this area, including Temecula and in Murrietta.
No one October 25, 2013 at 10:25 AM
Great job! Some drivers are so inattentive they don't even flinch when you honk your horn. Run stop signs, lights-it's all about them!
Jonathon Abernathy October 25, 2013 at 10:49 AM
This is something of a scam. They did this a few years ago using someone dressed as Santa Claus. The character waited until the driver was very close to the intersection, then stepped into the crosswalk. The driver would have to slam on the brakes in order to avoid violating the law. This could cause an accident if there was another car following or cause minor injury from seat belt restraints to passengers. The intent of the law is to keep pedestrians safe. The intent is not to allow pedestrians to step in front of oncoming traffic. By using characters such as the chicken and Santa Claus it sends a terrible message to children that it is okay to step into a street with oncoming traffic without first checking to see if it is safe. I want to keep our streets safe for both pedestrians and drivers. This practice to "nail" drivers does neither. It encourages an unsafe practice by pedestrians and puts drivers in a position of potentially causing an accident.
lotsahelp October 25, 2013 at 11:22 AM
This is great and about time. For those that aren't aware there was group recently that went before the school board to complain about the dangerous traffic situations around all the local schools. Those people complaining about the "chicken" are probably those that are breaking the laws.
Martha L. Bridges October 25, 2013 at 01:28 PM
This is great...and we need more of this kind of policing!!! ________________________________________________________ Went to the market yesterday. On the way, while in my residential area with 25 mph limit, I just missed being hit by someone who didn't even slow down at a four-way stop sign. He was making a left hand turn doing at least 35-45 mph at the busy intersection. Coming home I slowed to 25 mph as I re-entered the posted residential zone and had someone come around me at 50+ mph honking his horn and flipping me off for daring to observe the legal speed limit. The time for the police to crack down on this kind of bad driving behavior is now - before we have more terrible accidents.
Garnet Barton October 25, 2013 at 03:17 PM
I guess in this day and age law enforcement has to be creative to catch law breakers. I have seen some crazy driving in LE. Kids are busy talking and texting or joking around and they don't always use the best judgment crossing the road or stepping off the curb. What ever it takes to get the job done to keep kids safe. Now we know why the chicken crossed the road!!!
Roberto October 25, 2013 at 04:06 PM
Looks like the suit has his / her nuggets well protected. heaven forbid a car or a murdercycle hits him right square in the nuggets while out their taunting the reckless drivers.
Michael Fitzgibbons October 25, 2013 at 08:48 PM
I think there should be officers posted at the intersection of Grape and RAILROAD Canyon Hills BLVD. Those people run those lights on a daily basis. I am surprised there aren't many accidents there. The light changes and they keep on driving when they clearly know and see they don't have the right of way.
Roberto October 25, 2013 at 09:34 PM
John Abernathy said: "This could cause an accident if there was another car following or cause minor injury from seat belt restraints to passengers. The intent of the law is to keep pedestrians safe. The intent is not to allow pedestrians to step in front of oncoming traffic." REPLY: Good point...Why not use a regular dressed person with a reasonable safe distance also ensuring they are not going to cause an accident? What if someone gets out of their car and chokes their chicken for causing an accident? This sounds like entrapment.
Roberto October 26, 2013 at 02:20 AM
http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/10/25/21157422-giant-chicken-crosses-the-road-and-drivers-say-they-didnt-see-it?lite
Steve Yo October 26, 2013 at 07:48 AM
Warning the locals might be fine, but out of towners not familiar with this "sting" operation would look at this stupid trick as some kind of advertising scam, you know, the the infamous "Going out of business sale" at a nearby store. We have idiots dress up like that all the time but they usually stay on the side of the street. I would stop if he was in the crosswalk dressed like that but I would NOT stop (mark that as I would drive around him) figuring this is a stupid prank. It's bad enough we have college kids out in the streets blocking traffic during their "Cancer for Kids" drives (sponsoring Hershey Medical Center) and while it's a good cause, they clog up every street from every busy intersection during rush hour and on shopping weekends around School return, T Giving and Xmas... So yeah, this reeks of entrapment. I bet if the cop was dressed in a uniform, these people would have stopped...
Sean M October 26, 2013 at 02:17 PM
Did he get overtime?
Mundus Gubernavi October 28, 2013 at 05:26 PM
community of morons over there
Cik Bast October 28, 2013 at 08:49 PM
These cops are idiots. Now they have lowered themelves to jaywalking slowly, trolling citizens, to make an arrest. Losers.
Nettie Nettie Bobettie October 30, 2013 at 11:14 PM
Why did the chicken cross the road?
Glow Good November 04, 2013 at 11:20 PM
I had to laugh when Lake Elsinore people were calling people from Temecula and Murrieta names..."trash" ... ruining their beautiful city of Lake E. Is this retaliation. Usually it is the other way around...most people who grew up in Lake E.... got the hell out of there. Kinda like Hemet.
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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