Spurred by calls from Canyon Lake parents increasingly concerned about the number of reckless and speeding drivers regularly seen in the vicinity of school bus stops within the lake, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department last week assigned motor officers to follow the school buses and ticket any violators.

The program, which began last Wednesday, January 24 and is expected to run through the end of this week, has spawned complaint calls of its own, with many residents voicing concerns over not the enforcement itself but, rather, the fact that it is being carried out by officers on motorcycles, a form of transportation banned for lake residents.

According to initial reports from the Canyon Lake Police Department, more than half a dozen tickets were issued on the first day of enforcement alone; Corporal Chad Loeffler indicates a full report will be available next week. The assisting motor officers were brought in from the Perris station.

California Vehicle Code 22454 states that the driver of any vehicle upon meeting or overtaking, from either direction, any school bus that is stopped for the purpose of loading or unloading any schoolchildren and displays a flashing red light signal and stop signal arm must bring the vehicle to a stop immediately before passing the school bus and shall not proceed past the school bus until the flashing red light signal and stop signal arm cease operation. A subsection of the same code specifically allows for enforcement on roadways on private property, as it concerns the safety of school children.

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