WESTMINSTER (CBSLA.com) — The California Highway Patrol conducted a special enforcement operation Monday morning to bring awareness to pedestrian safety.

An officer in a patrol car and four on motorcycles patrolled a crosswalk at the corner of Gilbert Street and Guinida Lane in Westminster.

The officers cited motorists who failed to yield to pedestrians in an effort to raise safety awareness for those using the crosswalk.

“I had like a group of 10 cars just run right past me, I’m standing in the middle of the crosswalk there,” officer Alex Nativdad said after spending Monday morning dressed in pedestrian clothes as a decoy.

“People are in a rush to get to where they are going. They don’t really think about safety, they are just thinking about getting to their final destination,” Officer Lance Nieves told KCAL9’s Louisa Hodge.

A banner was displayed at the corner of the crosswalk showing a picture of a 3-year-old who was killed by a hit-and-run driver in February.

The Santa Ana couple was charged in the accident that killed Miranda Palacios and severely injured her mother, Lady Audree Rebecca Hernandez.

“Use extra caution to be aware that there will be students crossing at this location and hopefully it stays with them throughout the school year,” Officer Ray Payton said.

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