Bike and Pedestrian Sting on Monday

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Source: Santa Barbara Police Department

The Santa Barbara Police Department will step up Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations on Monday, December 11, 2017, 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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anTusail Dec 10, 2017 11:30 PM
Bike and Pedestrian Sting on Monday

Really??? While our fire fighters are risking their lives with far more urgent problems. Please give them support and cancel this untimely nonsense.

If that is not enough. Think of the unnecessary impact on police officers health too...

horsegirl Dec 11, 2017 09:15 AM
Bike and Pedestrian Sting on Monday

This is really the best way to spend time and money right now? Ugh priorities are so backwards in this town

ZeroHawk Dec 11, 2017 10:51 AM
Bike and Pedestrian Sting on Monday

yeah....they just NOW planned this. In fact, they probably sat there, thinking, hey, how can we blow some tax dollars? Let's plan a safety net/sting during the fire!

Seriously...get real. This was planned months ago and will more than likely be cancelled. A bit surprised at the comments. Maybe too much smoke and ash inhaled? PD works during fires. In fact I am working during the fire, like most people.

GauchoGurl Dec 11, 2017 03:24 PM
Bike and Pedestrian Sting on Monday

Regardless of how long ago it was planned it was announced recently that it would be carried out. I hope it is cancelled because it is a bit of silly priorities considering what's going on with the fires and also since considering what's going on there aren't very many cyclist out on the roads and much fewer pedestrians.

anTusail Dec 12, 2017 09:04 AM
Bike and Pedestrian Sting on Monday

So was it cancelled in the end?

@zerohawk: “let’s plan a sting during the fire” is exactly what it looks like, since someone went to the trouble of making this announcement about it on Dec 10, during the fire.
I believe that nobody (pd included) should be forced to work on non-essential things (such as this) when there are serious health risks involved.

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