Second Bike & 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, September 11th, 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 bylaw.  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-1504913896 Sep 08, 2017 04:38 PM
Second Bike & Pedestrian Sting on Monday

The vast majority of these terrible vehicle vs bicycle accidents could have been avoided. Cyclists need to understand that it is up to them to watch out for inconsiderate drivers speeding around our city. If the person on the bicycle were to do just a few things, they will be much safer:

1. When you come to an intersection with a stop sign or red light....stop. When the light turns green or its your turn to cross, make sure there are no vehicles also entering the intersection.

2. Stay out of the middle of the road even when you think you are in the right. Stay as far to the side of the road to avoid being struck and/or run over.

3. Don't ride on sidewalks because cars cannot see you when they are coming out of driveways (I once hit a kid at night riding on the sidewalk).

4. Assume ALL drivers don't see you and are not paying attention to you on your bicycle.

5. Follow common sense, and avoid situations where you will be hit by a vehicle (for example, stay off of de la Vina and Santa Barbara street).

6. Only YOU can protect YOU!!

7. Maintain your bicycle, and think about taking a safety class.

ginger1 Sep 08, 2017 06:34 PM
Second Bike & Pedestrian Sting on Monday

So, did they do the one last Friday? Or the previous Monday, as they have advertised? Anyone see any enforcement activities, or just the continued non-enforcement as usual? Might we see the results from these "activities"? Perhaps I'll contact California Office of Traffic Safety, the funders of these projects. You would think they might want a report of how their money is being spent.

tagdes Sep 09, 2017 04:37 PM
Second Bike & Pedestrian Sting on Monday

Yes they did one Fri. and in just the short time I was on lower mid town State I saw them cite multiple vehicles and bicycles for infractions. Several black and whites and multiple motor units writing citations.

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