Reader complains about stop sign runners on Bay and California streets

Dear Street Smarts, Q I'm seeing more drivers running the stop sign at Bay and California streets. It is a three-way stop, but I have observed cars on Bay Street slow down to see if there is a patrol car watching and drive through without stopping. Some just speed through without looking. This intersection is on the west side of Santa Cruz opposite Neary Lagoon. I live near the intersection on Dufour Street and often walk by this intersection. Ed Ueno A “The intersection of Bay and California streets has a high volume of traffic which is controlled by clearly marked and/or posted stop signs,” said Sgt. Dan Flippo of the Santa Cruz Police Department. “As with most high traffic, stop sign controlled intersections, there is a higher average of people who fail to stop. These types of intersections require a higher volume of enforcement and the problem tends to diminish when enforcement is frequently conducted. “It appears that it is time again for the police department to increase our traffic enforcement at this location in order to raise awareness and increase compliance,” he continued. “Members of the traffic unit conducted enforcement there (Monday) and issued several citations in a relatively short span of time.” If your location has “a high volume of unsafe or illegal activity,” Flippo advises Santa Cruz residents to report it by calling 420-5800.
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