The Laguna Beach Police Department will step up Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations on Tuesday December 6 2016.
Focused will be on enforcement on collision causing factors involving motorists and pedestrians.
The department has mapped out locations since January 2012 where pedestrian involved collisions and violations have occurred.
Officers will be conducting directed enforcement at those locations.
Special attention will be given to:
making illegal turns
failing to stop for signs and signals
failing to yield to pedestrians in cross walks
any other dangerous violation
Additionally, enforcement action will be taken against pedestrians committing violations.
crossing the street illegally
failing to yield to drivers who have the right of way
Pedestrians should cross the street only in marked crosswalks or at corners
In 2013, California witnessed 701 pedestrian deaths accounting for over 23 percent of all roadway fatalities, much higher than the national average of 15 percent.
A national study reveals that pedestrians and drivers do not obey laws and signals consistently and many often use cell phones, text and listen to music while walking or driving.
Only 60 percent of pedestrians said they expected drivers to stop when they were in crosswalks, even though they have the right-of-way.
The Laguna Beach Police Department would like to remind both drivers and pedestrians to be alert, share the roadway and keep in mind the following safety tips to keep our roadways safe.
– Look out for pedestrians, especially in hard-to-see conditions such as at night or in bad weather.
– Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or entering a crosswalk where pedestrians are likely to be.
– Stop at the crosswalk stop line to give drivers in other lanes an opportunity to see and yield to the pedestrians, too.
– If a vehicle is stopped at a crosswalk DO NOT overtake it without stopping and ensuring the crosswalk is clear prior to proceeding.
– Be cautious when backing up – pedestrians, especially young children, can move across your path.
– Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road, cross at crosswalks or intersections, and obey signs and signals.
– Walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible if there is no sidewalk.
– Pay attention to the traffic moving around you.
This is not the time to be texting or talking on a cell phone.
– Make eye contact with drivers as they approach.
Never assume a driver sees you and will stop.
– Wear bright clothing during the day and reflective materials (or use a flashlight) at night.
– LOOK left-right-left before crossing a street.
– Wear bright clothing, use a flashlight at night, and utilize reflective materials such as the Laguna Beach Police Department “Look to Live” slap band bracelets.
“Look to Live” bracelets can be obtained at the front desk of the police department for free.
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.