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Press Release: Pedestrian Safety Enforcement in the City of Lake Elsinore
Agency: Lake Elsinore Police
Station Area: Lake Elsinore
Written Date: January 24, 2018 Time: 4:00 p.m.
Incident Date: January 25, 2018 Time: 6:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m.
Incident Location: Throughout Lake Elsinore
Reporting Officer: Sergeant James Woodland
File Number(s): Numerous

Update 01-25-18: 41 Drivers cited in Lake Elsinore Pedestrian Safety Operation

The Lake Elsinore Police Department conducted a pedestrian safety enforcement operation on Thursday, January 25th, 2018 from 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  The focus of the enforcement was on collision causing factors involving motorists and pedestrians.  Crosswalk locations were chosen where previous complaints had been received from pedestrians and where collisions have occurred. The operation resulted in the following enforcement actions:

  • 43 drivers were stopped.
  • 41 drivers were cited for pedestrian safety related moving violations.


Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations Planned for Lake Elsinore

Lake Elsinore Police Department will step up pedestrian safety enforcement operations on Thursday with focused enforcement on collision causing factors involving motorists and pedestrians.  Routine traffic patrols will focus efforts in trouble spots while special targeted patrols will also be deployed to crackdown on drivers and pedestrians who violate traffic laws meant to protect all roadway users.

The department has mapped out locations over the past three years where pedestrian involved collisions have occurred along with the violations that led to those crashes.  Officers will be looking for traffic offenses made by drivers and pedestrians alike that can lead to life changing injuries.  Special attention will be directed toward drivers speeding, driving distracted, 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. Pedestrians should cross the street only in marked crosswalks or intersections.

Pedestrian fatalities are rising in California as more people use non-motorized means of transportation.  Locally, Lake Elsinore Police Department has investigated seven fatal and injury collisions involving pedestrians during the past three (3) years. In 2016, California witnessed 867 pedestrian deaths accounting for nearly 24 percent of all roadway fatalities, much higher than the national average of 15 percent.

A national study reveals that pedestrians and drivers do not obey laws and signals consistently and many often use cell phones, text and listen to music while walking or driving. Only 60 percent of pedestrians said they expected drivers to stop when they were in crosswalks, even though they have the right-of-way. 

The following safety tips can save lives and stop this tragedy witnessed far too often in Lake Elsinore:

Drivers can:

  • Look out for pedestrians, especially in hard-to-see conditions such as at night or in bad weather.
  • Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or entering a crosswalk where pedestrians are likely to be.
  • Stop at the crosswalk stop line to give drivers in other lanes an opportunity to see and yield to the pedestrians too.
  • Be cautious when backing up – pedestrians, especially young children, can move across your path. See http://www.safercar.gov/parents/InandAroundtheCar/backover.htm Opens in New Window

Pedestrians can:

  • Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road, cross at crosswalks or intersections, and obey signs and signals.
  • Walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible if there is no sidewalk.
  • Pay attention to the traffic moving around you. This is not the time to be texting or talking on a cell phone.
  • Make eye contact with drivers as they approach. Never assume a driver sees you.
  • Wear bright-colored clothing during the day and reflective materials (or use a flashlight) at night.
  • Look left-right-left before crossing a street.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

California Office of Traffic Safety   National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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