October is Pedestrian Safety Month

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October is Pedestrian Safety Month
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By the City of Goleta

October is National Pedestrian Safety Month and The Goleta Police Department will raise awareness about the safety of people walking throughout the month, emphasizing that “safe drivers, safe speeds and safe vehicles save lives.”

“Whether in a parking lot, crosswalk, or sidewalk, we are all pedestrians at one point,” Goleta Police Department Sergeant Noel Rivas said. “We ask drivers to please slow down and be extra careful around people walking. Put yourself in their shoes and drive how you would want someone to drive when you are walking.”

The safety of people outside of vehicles is a significant traffic safety concern, with at least two pedestrians or bicyclists killed on California roads every day. Between 2010 and 2019 in California, pedestrian deaths increased more than 40 percent and bicyclist deaths went up more than 60 percent. In 2020, 6,516 pedestrians were killed in the United States – an average of 18 pedestrians a day or one pedestrian is killed every 81 minutes. Speeding, poor lighting, mid-block crossing and impairment are the main factors in pedestrians being struck by vehicles.

The Goleta Police Department offers the following safe driving and walking tips:


  • Do not speed and slow down at intersections. Be prepared to stop for pedestrians at marked and unmarked crosswalks.
  • Avoid blocking crosswalks while waiting to make a right-hand turn.
  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.


  • Use signalized crosswalks where drivers expect foot traffic.
  • Watch for approaching vehicles and be careful crossing the street, especially busier streets with higher speed limits. At 30 mph, a driver needs at least 90 feet to come to a stop.
  • Get in the habit of wearing light colors, reflective material, and walking with a flashlight at night so it is easier for drivers to see you.

The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office provides police services for the City of Goleta. 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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Luvaduck Oct 18, 2022 08:22 AM
October is Pedestrian Safety Month

Don't jay walk from between parked cars, and look before you cross streets are other ones. Whether you have the right-of-way or not, when a ton or so of moving steel hits flesh & blood, right-of-way doesn't matter. Also, what is it with moms pushing strollers ahead of them into a street and assuming traffic will see them and stop in time? That's like making you kids walk accross a mine field to see if it's safe for you.

a-1666109286 Oct 18, 2022 09:08 AM
October is Pedestrian Safety Month

Sort of ironic that we have pedestrian safety month just after the state legalizes jay walking.

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