Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation on Monday

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SBPD are currently conducting a crosswalk if sting on De La Vina between Mission and Carrillo. Be careful and stop for street crossers!

Source: Santa Barbara Police Department

The Santa Barbara 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 July 29, 2019, 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, The Santa Barbara Police Department has investigated three fatal and 69 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 also 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 phone,” Sergeant Brown said. “When it comes to roadway safety, they share equal responsibility.”
Shared responsibility is a key component of the City of Santa Barbara’s Vision Zero strategy, which aims to eliminate all serious and fatal collisions from City Streets. Education and enforcement actions such as the July 29th event are an integral part of the four-pronged approach to Vision Zero, which focuses resources on Evaluation, Education, Enforcement and Engineering to prevent traffic-related serious injury or death in our City.
The Santa Barbara 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
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-1590648664 Jul 29, 2019 03:36 PM
Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation on Monday

Will the police apply this to our homeless as well? Where I live I see the homeless wandering in the middle of the street on a pretty regular basis. The laws (both criminal and societal) don't seem to apply. There is a guy that regularly pushes his grocery cart packed with bags of recyclables and other junk down the middle of Gutierrez during the morning commute. Something tells me that a simple warning by the police (or even a ticket) is not going to do anything. Sorry, I know that's another issue, but felt the need to bring it up.

PitMix Jul 29, 2019 03:09 PM
Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation on Monday

The "pedestrian" in these stings is usually wearing a brightly colored safety vest. If you see a ped with one of those, you'd better be ready to stop and wait.

PitMix Jul 31, 2019 09:55 AM
Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation on Monday

I walk my dogs daily and generally the only time someone stops for me is when these stings are going on. The rest of the time it is open season on pedestrians, and the onus is on the pedestrian to cross when there are no cars in sight. I almost got in an altercation with the driver behind me the other day when I tried to drive 25 mph in a residential neighborhood because they felt I was impeding them. You can say that we are supposed to stop, but that isn't what I see happening.

a-1590648664 Jul 29, 2019 01:01 PM
Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation on Monday

What we need is an undercover cop patrol downtown and along Cabrillo Blvd. Sneak up on the law breakers and after they get those $200+ citations, I bet loads and loads of people, including bicyclists on sidewalks, will learn to behave.

nope Jul 29, 2019 11:52 AM
Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation on Monday

Bikes on sidewalks, pedestrians who don't break stride stepping into traffic and automobile drivers driving a ton of steel without due care and attention. We can all do better. A little reminder from the PD can't hurt unless it's stopping them enforcing panhandling and loitering laws on State, can't remember the last time I saw a cop walking State, oh yeah it was last Fiesta.

PitMix Jul 29, 2019 03:05 PM
Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation on Monday

Studies show that it is safer for bicyclists to treat stop signs like a yield sign, slow down but proceed if safe to do so. In jurisdictions where they have passed a law like this, bike accidents have decreased. I know it is irritating to see other people break laws but sometimes there is a good reason to do so.

Emmenanthe Jul 28, 2019 08:31 AM
Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation on Monday

Please cite pedestrians who step into the street while absorbed in their cell phones - crosswalk or no crosswalk. We drivers should not be expected to be responsible for consequences of someone else's idiotic behavior!

a-1590648664 Jul 27, 2019 10:45 PM
Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation on Monday

Drunk Zone Tourists walk in the middle of the streets. They think it's Disneyland. Please ticket them. They will tell their friends! They won't do it again!

RockwellBAD Jul 27, 2019 09:09 PM
Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation on Monday

So... by the Police Department indicating they will be conducting safety enforcement operations intending to educate drivers and pedestrians, THEY WILL ISSUE CITATIONS to violating individuals? Why not educate us with an article / news story that tells readers actual laws. Just as a for instance, when can a driver cross into a crosswalk after the pedestrian passes the driver’s vehicle? When the driver’s traffic light turns green? When it is safe? What are pedestrian’s lawful responsibilities? This article/news could have been done so much better by a police department that should care about public education rather than education by enforcement.

Abc109 Jul 27, 2019 11:30 PM
Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation on Monday

Because, Rockwellbad, these are things that people need to know in order to initially obtain their driver's license. You should be educated on all of the above already. It's not the PD's responsibility to hold "Refresher Courses" for the public - although, it would be a great idea.

PitMix Jul 29, 2019 03:08 PM
Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation on Monday

I see bikes on the sidewalk along Micheltorena from Bath to Carrillo. They are trying to get from the bike lane on Bath to the Bike lane on Mich starting at Carrillo. In that area riding on the sidewalk is the least dangerous of the 2 options.

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