Pedestrian Safety Enforcement
Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation Planned for Goleta
Goleta - September 6th, 2016
In response to the rapidly increasing number of pedestrians being killed and injured on California roadways, the California State Senate has passed a resolution declaring September as “California Pedestrian Safety Month.” The Goleta Police Department will be joining other law enforcement agencies, city and state transportation agencies, pedestrian advocates and walking clubs to promote public awareness aimed at both drivers and pedestrians alike to always be aware of each other and share the road responsibly.
The Goleta Police Department will step up pedestrian safety enforcement operations tomorrow, September 7, 2016, with focused enforcement on collision causing factors involving motorists and pedestrians. Routine traffic patrols will focus efforts in trouble spots while special targeted patrols will also be deployed to crackdown on drivers and pedestrians who violate traffic laws meant to protect all roadway users. Officers will be looking for traffic offenses made by drivers and pedestrians alike that can lead to life changing injuries.
This first-ever specially designated month draws attention to the 813 pedestrians killed on California roadways in 2015 alone, accounting for nearly 25% of all roadways deaths in the state, up from 17% just ten years earlier. In the last three years, the Goleta Police Department has investigated two fatal and 40 injury vehicle vs. pedestrian collisions which account for more than 11% of all injury collisions during that time period.
Besides the directed pedestrian safety enforcement operations tomorrow, the Goleta Police Department will also continue routine pedestrian safety enforcement throughout the city during this month-long Special Enforcement period. Since electronic distractions are seen in increasing numbers of pedestrian crashes, both pedestrians and drivers are cautioned to put down their cell phones. Other factors for drivers include high speed and failure to see and yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and intersections. For pedestrians, the major dangers are jaywalking and assuming that they can be seen at night, even while wearing dark clothing.
In addition to local efforts, the California Office of Traffic Safety is kicking off a new campaign,“Pedestrians Don’t Have Armor,” which highlights the importance of pedestrian safety awareness, regardless of whether one is on foot or behind the wheel. Caltrans has kicked off its new California State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan aimed at improving safety and access for everyone across all modes, particularly bicyclists and pedestrians. The CHP is emphasizing safe walking through its international award-winning California Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Enforcement and Education Project.
Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The City of Goleta contracts with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office for police services.
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