Bike and Pedestrian Sting on Sunday

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Source: Santa Barbara Police Department

The Santa Barbara Police Department will step up Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations on Sunday, December 3rd, 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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a-1524707439 Dec 01, 2017 01:11 PM
Bike and Pedestrian Sting on Sunday

The sad fact is that most cyclists "ride scared" because of the constant worry about being hit by a vehicle. Riding scared is one reason why they ride in groups. Within these groups there are the wannabe "tough guys" (with shaved legs no less) who take the lesd in blocking lanes, yelling at drivers and such. Why these group thinkers want to ride in fear is beyond me.

a-1524707439 Dec 01, 2017 12:31 PM
Bike and Pedestrian Sting on Sunday

"Bike riders will be stopped and citations issued when they fail to follow the same traffic laws that apply to motorists. " See that? The SAME laws apply to cyclists! That means, stopping at stop lights. That means, riding as far to the right as possible. You are not as invincible as you think you are and colliding with a car does way more damage to you than the car. I know, I know, all you cyclists see car drivers breaking the law "every day," but as much as I drive, walk and bike around here, the vast majority of traffic violations are by cyclists. Maybe because it's so much more obvious and visible when a hipster on a roadie with ear buds and riding hands free while texting blows through a State St. stop light than when an old lady in a Prius turns right without coming to a complete 3 second stop. Come on folks, obey the laws out there!

martin kent Dec 01, 2017 11:30 AM
Bike and Pedestrian Sting on Sunday

The freewheeling city slickers of this town are addicted to ignoring traffic laws. The parents have a similar problem. Most parents ignore traffic laws with their children due to a lack of civic responsibilities and a healthy conscience. Traffic laws are a misdemeanor and so is a joke to the street credibility of California. Imagine, conscientious and law-abiding streets, adults and communities in California. Imagine!

a-1524707439 Dec 01, 2017 11:03 AM
Bike and Pedestrian Sting on Sunday

Yesterday I watched as two young guys on skateboards passed each other, going in opposite directions, through the intersection/crosswalk of Carrillo & State and back up onto the sidewalk. Where's the enforcement? There was a crowd of people and the skaters were weaving in and out, nonchalantly, gracefully, and obviously not worried about getting busted for skating on the sidewalk. Bust these yahoos, please.

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