06/14/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/14/2018 10:35
El Cajon Police to Conduct Pedestrian and Bicycle Enforcement Detail
PEDESTRIAN & BICYCLE ENFORCEMENT
Post Date: 06/14/2018 9:30 AM
TYPE OF INCIDENT: Traffic Enforcement Detail
DATE OF DETAIL: 06-22-18 with future dates TBD
LOCATION OF INCIDENT: City of El Cajon
Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations Planned for El Cajon
El Cajon Police Department will step up pedestrian safety enforcement operations on Friday, June 22th, and several dates in the future, 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.
The department has mapped out locations over the past 2 years where pedestrian involved collisions have occurred along with the violations that led to those crashes. Officers will be looking for traffic offenses made by drivers and pedestrians alike that can 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 cross walks or any other dangerous violation. Additionally, enforcement will be taken for observed violations when pedestrians cross the street illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way. Pedestrians should cross the street only in marked crosswalks or intersections.
Pedestrian fatalities are rising in California as more people use non-motorized means of transportation. Locally, El Cajon Police Department has investigated 20 fatal and 205 injury collisions involving pedestrians during the past three (3) years. 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 following safety tips can save lives and stop this tragedy witnessed far too often in El Cajon.
Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Lt. Stephen Kirk
El Cajon Police Department
Sgt. Kevin Maxwell
El Cajon Police Department
DATE/TIME: 06-14-18 9:30 am
Police Chief Jeff Davis