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Pasadena Police Mount Bike and Pedestrian Safety Campaign, Extra DUI Patrols Friday

Published on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 | 8:39 am

Pasadena police officers will focus extra attention on impaired drivers, as well as bicycle and pedestrian safety, during two traffic enforcement operations planned for Friday, officials said.

Both campaigns will take place citywide, according to the Pasadena Police Department.

Officers will be searching for drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to Lt. Max Dahlstein.

“Even though we are street dining and enjoying time out of the house in different ways, we need to be responsible,” he said. “Be safe and do not drive while impaired.”

Those charged with DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as suspended drivers’ licenses, police said.

At the same time, officers will be keeping their eyes peeled for traffic violations that endanger bicyclists and pedestrians, whether made by the cyclists and walkers themselves, or vehicles.

“The Pasadena Police Department recognizes the need to protect the public by looking for violations made by bicyclists, drivers, and pedestrians that make roads unsafe,” police said in a written statement. “These violations include drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, failing to stop for signs and signals, or any other traffic violations.”

“Officers will also look for pedestrians who cross the street illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way,” the statement said. “Bike riders will be stopped when riding on the wrong side of the road, not complying with stop signs and signals, or other violation of the same traffic laws that apply to them as drivers.”

Sixty-two collisions involving cyclists or pedestrians have been reported in the city so far this year, according to Dahlstein.

Funding for both campaigns is being provided by grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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