The Laguna Police Department will enhance Bike and Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations on Sunday December 13 2015 with focused enforcement on collision causing factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.
The department has mapped out locations where pedestrian and bike collisions have occurred alongwith the violations that led to those crashes.
Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas where bike and pedestrian traffic and crashes occur in an effort to lower deaths and injuries.
Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers, bike riders and pedestrians alike that can lead to life changing injuries.
Special attention will be directed toward
making illegal turns
failing to stop for signs and signals
failing to yield to pedestrians in cross walks
or any other dangerous violation
Additionally, enforcement will be taken for observed violations when
pedestrians cross the street illegally
Pedestrians fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way
Pedestrians should cross the street only in marked crosswalks or at corners
Bike riders will be stopped and citations issued when
they fail to follow the same traffic laws that apply to motorists
All riders are reminded to always wear a helmet – those under 18 years of age must wear helmets by law
Bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are rising in California as more people use these non-motorized means of transportation.
In 2013, California witnessed 701 pedestrians and 141 bicyclists killed, accounting for more than 28 percent of all traffic fatalities.
This is of great and increasing concern to the citizens of Laguna Beach.
Funding for this program is provided by a grant from
the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
For more information please visit The City of Laguna Beach.