SANTA MONICA—The Santa Monica Police Department announced they will be conducting Bike and Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations with focused enforcement efforts on primary collision factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.
According to a press release Canyon News received, the Police Department intermittently identifies locations where bike and pedestrian collisions are highest, along with the violations that led to those collisions. In an effort to lower deaths and injuries, officers will be on duty patrolling areas where bike and pedestrian traffic collisions occur.
Field enforcement operations are scheduled for Friday, February 2 from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Monday February 5 from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Officers will be searching for violations by drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians that can lead to life altering injuries. Special enforcement efforts will be directed towards drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for signs and signals, failing to yield to pedestrians in cross walks and similar dangerous violations. Enforcement will occur for observed violations when pedestrians cross the street illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way. Bicyclists will be issued citations when they fail to adhere to traffic laws that also apply to motorists.
Bicyclists should always wear a helmet; those under 18 years of age are required to wear helmets by law. Pedestrians should cross the street only in marked crosswalks or at corners. Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.