California Pedestrian Safety Month

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September is California Pedestrian Safety Month

Posted: 08/28/2018




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August 28, 2018 

 

September is California Pedestrian Safety Month

Elk Grove Police Department reminds public that “Pedestrians Don’t Have Armor”

 

September is Pedestrian Safety Month and Elk Grove Police Department will be joining the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), along with other law enforcement agencies, transportation agencies and pedestrian advocates to promote public awareness aimed at pedestrian safety.

 

Throughout the month, Elk Grove Police Department will be conducting pedestrian operations around each of the junior high and high schools in the city.

 

Both in California and nationally, the number of pedestrians killed or injured on roadways is rising at alarming rates. In 2016, 867 pedestrians were killed and more than 14,000 injured in California alone, a nearly 33 percent increase from 2012. In 2017, Elk Grove Police Department investigated 1 pedestrian fatal collision and another 37 injury collisions.

 

Traffic officers working overtime and others on routine patrol will be focusing enforcement both on drivers, as well as pedestrians, who violate traffic laws, such as speeding, making illegal turns, driving distracted, failing to stop for signs and signals, or failing to yield to drivers or pedestrians.

  

Elk Grove Police Department supports efforts by OTS to educate drivers that “Pedestrians Don’t Have Armor.”  This campaign highlights the importance of pedestrian safety awareness, regardless of whether one is on foot or behind the wheel.

 

Pedestrians should always use crosswalks or intersections with a stop sign or light, make eye contact with drivers and look before stepping into a crosswalk. Drivers should be alert for pedestrians, use caution when backing up and be courteous and patient, waiting for pedestrians with right of way to safely cross the street. Both drivers and pedestrians should avoid distractions by not using cell phones and focusing on the task at hand.

 

Safety goes both ways, and drivers and pedestrians must work together to exhibit safe behaviors that protect themselves and those around them, reducing injuries and saving lives.

 

Funding for this enforcement campaign is provided to Elk Grove Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

 

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