PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS – April 19, 2018

Man found dead on trail near Mountain Center

A man was found dead on a trail near Mountain Center shortly before 3 p.m. Sunday, April 8, but sheriff’s deputies believe there probably was no foul play involved.
According to a Riverside Sheriff’s Department press release, deputies from the Hemet Sheriff’s Station responded to a report of a deceased man located approximately two miles south of SR74 on South Fork Trail. Upon their arrival, deputies found the body of an adult male and confirmed the death. The Coroner’s Officer was notified and responded to the scene. Based on the location of the deceased, personnel from the Aviation Unit and the Riverside Coroner’s Bureau hoisted the body off the trail. At this time, there are no signs of foul play and the event is being treated as an unattended death, deputies said. Anyone with information regarding this incident can contact the Hemet Sheriff’s Station at 951-791-3400.


Hemet Police issue 21 citations to jaywalkers

Hemet police issued 21 traffic citations to jaywalkers April 11 in a crackdown on pedestrians illegally walking against traffic, police reported.
Police conducted what they are calling “a pedestrian enforcement operation” as part of a “Pedestrian Safety Campaign” – a program designed to raise public awareness about pedestrian safety.
The operation began at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the west end of Florida Avenue, near Sanderson. Officers observed pedestrians jaywalking while crossing Florida Avenue between Sanderson and Kirby. In total, 21 pedestrians were issued traffic citations and educated on the many California state laws governing pedestrians on public roadways, police said.
“The operation was a success,” said Lt. Glen Brock who oversees the departments four-person traffic team. “Hemet has had far too many pedestrian collisions and too many people killed when crossing Florida Avenue.” Brock added.
In 2017, six pedestrians were killed on Hemet’s roadways and in all six collisions, the pedestrian was deemed the cause of the collision by illegally walking in the roadway, or crossing the roadway and failing to yield to vehicles, Brock said.
The department plans many more operations like this working toward a goal of education and enforcement designed to address pedestrian safety and reduce collisions in the city.

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