The California Office of Traffic Safety is again designating September as “Pedestrian Safety Month” in the state.
The safety campaign began last year in response to the rising number of pedestrians being killed and injured on California roadways.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will join 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.
This month draws attention to the 892 pedestrians who were killed on California roadways in 2016 alone, accounting for more than 24 percent of all roadway deaths in the state, up from 17 percent just a decade ago.
In 2016, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies investigated 35 pedestrian fatal collisions and another 69 major injury collisions. Most injuries are life-changing and permanent. Deputies will join the effort by conducting pedestrian safety enforcement operations throughout the month.
The department has mapped out locations over the past several years where pedestrian collisions have occurred along with the violations that led to those 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.
Both drivers and walkers are cautioned to put down the cell phones since electronic distractions are seen in increasing numbers of pedestrian crashes.
Other factors for drivers include unsafe speed and failure to see and yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and intersections.
For pedestrians, the major dangers are jaywalking and thinking that they can be seen at night, especially while wearing dark clothing. To learn about the dangers of being a pedestrian, who is at risk and safety tips visit Pedestrian Safety.
The California Office of Traffic Safety continues to remind motorist that “Pedestrians Don’t Have Armor.” This public service announcement highlights the importance of pedestrian safety awareness, regardless of whether one is on foot or behind the wheel.
Funding for this enforcement campaign is provided to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.