Bicycle and Pedestrian Sting Planned for Saturday

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Source: City of Santa Barbara

The Santa Barbara Police Department will step up Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations on Saturday, April 14, 2018, with focused enforcement on collision causing factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.

The department has mapped out locations over the past 3 years where pedestrian and bike collisions have occurred along with the violations that led to those crashes.  Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas where bike and pedestrian traffic and crashes occur in an effort to lower deaths and injuries. 

Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers, bike riders 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.  Bike riders will be stopped and citations issued when they fail to follow the same traffic laws that apply to motorists.  All riders are reminded to always wear a helmet – those under 18 years of age must wear helmets by law.  Pedestrians should cross the street only in marked crosswalks or at corners.

Bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are rising in California as more people use these non-motorized means of transportation.  Locally, the Santa Barbara Police Department has investigated 5 fatal and 553 injury collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists during the past three (3) years. In 2013, California witnessed 701 pedestrians and 141 bicyclists killed, accounting for more than 28 percent of all traffic fatalities.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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El Barbareno Apr 13, 2018 09:26 AM
Bicycle and Pedestrian Sting Planned for Saturday

It is not a "sting." The officers are catching people breaking the law. They are not working with potential offenders as thy plot to break the law or encouraging them to break the law.

d8vanilla Apr 12, 2018 05:58 PM
Bicycle and Pedestrian Sting Planned for Saturday

I would like the bicyclists to follow the rules of the road.... using signals when turning, lights at night, stopping at red lights & stop signs, stay as far right as possible.....& single-file please. Plus, I would LOVE to see cars with 2 horn honking options.... the regular horn, AND a beep beep horn..... something that won't startle a bicyclist or pedestrian, but lets them know to look-out.... I carry a bike bell in my car, and I will use it to get bikes outta my way. Works really good, and doesn't startle or piss-off the bikers. And, they will always move outta the way for a bicycle bell .... try it...

d8vanilla Apr 12, 2018 09:56 PM
Bicycle and Pedestrian Sting Planned for Saturday

No, not mounted..... I wanted to mount it, but couldn't figure out where and how..... So, I just hold it in my hand.... works great, and I bought it at the .99 cent store !!!

a-1591382839 Apr 12, 2018 07:53 PM
Bicycle and Pedestrian Sting Planned for Saturday

The bicycle bell in a car is a great idea. Do you have it mounted in your car, or just on the seat beside you? or on the outside of your car. Please clarify so I can follow your example.

d8vanilla Apr 12, 2018 05:52 PM
Bicycle and Pedestrian Sting Planned for Saturday

I was driving a vehicle and was pulled over recently for a bicycle issue. After some conversation with the nice Officer, it was determined the Officer didn't seem to know the rules of the road, as they pertain to who has the right of way when making a turn. He should have pulled over the bicyclist instead. In that case, the vehicle had the right of way, NOT the bicyclist. Hopefully, the Police doing this new project will do a little reading to make sure they all know the rules of the road.

420722 Apr 12, 2018 01:00 PM
Bicycle and Pedestrian Sting Planned for Saturday

Top violaters are vehicles, bikes are second but I really believe bikes would be first if the ratio of bikes to vehicles was even. Rarely do I see pedestrians breaking street laws.

ginger1 Apr 12, 2018 01:22 PM
Bicycle and Pedestrian Sting Planned for Saturday

Reality check: all of those are responsible for "breaking the street laws." It doesn't matter who does it more often per capita, when you collide with a 2,000lb moving piece of metal you get hurt. Or killed. FYI, SB leads the state (#2, similar sized municipalities) in pedestrian and bicycle injuries and fatalities due to collisions with motor vehicles. We also are #1 in alcohol-related collision deaths and injuries and curiously (or not) the city and county ranks near bottom with the lowest number cited/arrested for DUI. (Stats available from Cal Office of Traffic Safety, the same people who fund these "safety enforcement operations".) Just slow down and get off the phone.

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