SLO Police start bicycle, pedestrian safety operation

Extra patrols looking for traffic safety violators

SLO Police step up patrols for bike and pedestrian safety operation

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - San Luis Obispo Police are stepping up patrols as part of a bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement operation amid a rise in vehicle accidents.

22 year old Kennedy Love was planning to finish his studies in landscape architecture at Cal Poly and start a career.

Love was riding his bike at night on Foothill Boulevard when he was hit from behind by a car near the intersection with Ferrini Road.

Love, who was not wearing a helmet, was killed in the collision.

The 17 year old driver of the car from Los Osos fled the scene but was eventually found by police.

She's now facing felony DUI, vehicular manslaughter and hit and run charges.

San Luis Obispo Police say they are seeing a rise in collisions between vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians as more people in the city use non-motorized transportation.

In the past three years, SLO Police say its investigated more than 235 cases of vehicle versus pedestrian or bicyclist including the deadly collision that killed Kennedy Love.

As part of its special enforcement operation, extra police patrols will be looking for drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to come to a complete stop at stop signs and failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.

Pedestrians and bicyclists will be stopped and cited for failing to follow traffic safety law including jaywalking and failing to yield to drivers who have the right of way.

Bicyclists under the age of 18 must wear a helmet by law.

San Luis Obispo Police responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian in the intersection of Osos and Pismo Streets in downtown Tuesday night which sent a person to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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