Police will Be Out in Force this Weekend to Step Up Pedestrian, Bicyclist Safety Patrols

Published : Monday, May 21, 2018 | 6:38 PM

Additional Pasadena police officers will be on duty on Friday and Saturday, May 25 and 26, at the Pasadena Police Department steps up bike and pedestrian safety enforcement operations during the weekend.

A police department advisory said the enforcement operations will focus on collision-causing factors involving motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. The extra officers will be patrolling areas where bike and pedestrian traffic and crashes frequently occur, the advisory said.

Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers, bike riders and pedestrians alike that could lead to life-changing injuries. Special attention will be directed toward drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for signs and signals, failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks or any other dangerous violation.

The officers will also be observing violations when pedestrians cross the street illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way. Pedestrians are advised to cross the street only in marked crosswalks or at corners.

Bike riders will also be stopped and issued citations 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.

The advisory said bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are rising in California as more people use bicycles. In 2016, California witnessed 867 pedestrians and 147 bicyclists killed, accounting for more than 28 percent of all traffic fatalities.

Locally, the Pasadena Police Department has investigated 374 fatal and injury collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists during the past three years.

Funding for the safety enforcement program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the police department advisory said.


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