Goleta Pedestrian Crosswalk Sting on Wednesday

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Goleta Pedestrian Crosswalk Sting on Wednesday
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Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

The Goleta Police Department will conduct a pedestrian safety enforcement operation intended to educate drivers and pedestrians on traffic laws meant to keep them safe on the road.

On Wednesday, March 27th, officers will be looking for violations made by drivers and pedestrians that are illegal and dangerous. Special attention will be directed toward drivers failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, speeding, making illegal turns, not stopping for signs and signals or any other traffic violation. Officers will stop pedestrians who cross the street illegally, fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way, or are distracted while walking.

Pedestrian fatalities are rising at an alarming rate. In 2016, 867 pedestrians were killed on California roads, up nearly 33 percent from 2012. In 2018, there were no fatal collisions involving pedestrians in Goleta, but the Goleta Police Department investigated 10 injury collisions involving pedestrians.

Pedestrians should only cross the street using crosswalks or intersections, preferably with a stop sign or signal. In addition, pedestrians should be looking for cars backing up and avoid darting between parked cars, make eye contact with drivers and wear bright clothing during the day and reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.

Drivers should wait for pedestrians to cross the street, slow down or prepare to stop when crossing an intersection where there is foot traffic and stop at the crosswalk line to allow other drivers to see and yield to pedestrians. Pedestrians and drivers can ensure everyone gets where we need to go safely by avoiding distractions.

“Drivers and pedestrians should be looking out for one another and not down at their phones,” said John Maxwell, Sergeant of the Goleta Traffic Unit. “When it comes to roadway safety, they share equal responsibility.”

The Goleta Police Department supports the new OTS public awareness campaign, “Go Safely, California,” a resource for Californians on how to be safe on the go. To find out more about the campaign, visit gosafelyca.org.

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 for its law enforcement services with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.

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Luvaduck Mar 27, 2019 08:59 AM
Goleta Pedestrian Crosswalk Sting on Wednesday

The Cajun Kitchen backing to the Fairview bridge over 101N on Calle Real near Fairview that has inadequate parking. Overflow parks in the long lot between the filling station where OSH used to be. A few use the busy light at the intersections but most find somewhere else to eat or dash across/weave between 6 - 8 lanes of moving traffic. What did the planning/permitting people think would happen.

a-1563228960 Mar 26, 2019 05:23 PM
Goleta Pedestrian Crosswalk Sting on Wednesday

They should ticket the County and City of Goleta officials who have created the hazardous situations in the first place. In many places there is no safe place to walk or ride a bike.

d8vanilla Mar 26, 2019 04:54 PM
Goleta Pedestrian Crosswalk Sting on Wednesday

They need to do one on San Andres & Victoria ..... zoom zoom ..... I guess there has to be a pedestrian injured or killed before a sting will happen

a-1563228960 Mar 26, 2019 04:43 PM
Goleta Pedestrian Crosswalk Sting on Wednesday

Hope they're looking at Hollister in front of the former K-Mart. I work in the area and have complained about that for years. Crosswalks are too far apart and all the workers from the business park to sprint across the street around lunch time. It's a fatality waiting to happen.

420722 Mar 26, 2019 08:37 PM
Goleta Pedestrian Crosswalk Sting on Wednesday

I’ve found it much safer to jaywalk then to cross at almost any 4 way stop or intersection. People do not want to wait they are already impatient and waiting even longer is excruciating I can see it on their face. I only jaywalk when nobody is coming you will never have to stop, swerve or wait for me.

a-1563228960 Mar 26, 2019 08:02 PM
Goleta Pedestrian Crosswalk Sting on Wednesday

There are plenty of safe places to cross - people are too lazy to walk to them and double back. It is not the fault of planners that people CHOOSE to jaywalk.

a-1563228960 Mar 26, 2019 11:25 AM
Goleta Pedestrian Crosswalk Sting on Wednesday

Nice! We live near Modoc Road. Motorists often whiz by kids crossing the crosswalk (Encore and Modoc) even with a crossing guard standing there with a stop sign!

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