||Pedestrian Safety Enforcement
||Palm Desert Police Traffic Services
||Palm Desert Station
||December 11, 2017
||December 8, 2017
||El Paseo Shopping District, Palm Desert
||Sergeant Jorge Ramirez
The Palm Desert Police Department conducted a pedestrian safety enforcement operation on Friday, December 8, 2017 from 09:00 AM to 4:00 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 goal of the Palm Desert Police Traffic Team was to educate the public and to give warnings reference pedestrian right-of-way violations. The operation resulted in the following enforcement action:
- 37 vehicles were stopped.
- 32 drivers were stopped and given warnings for failing to yield to pedestrian right-of–way.
- 1 driver cited for unsafe lane change
- 2 drivers cited for cell phone use/distracted driver
- 2 drivers cited for red light violations
Pedestrian fatalities are rising in California as more people use non-motorized means of transportation. Locally, Palm Desert Police Department has investigated 5 fatal and 53 injury collisions involving pedestrians during the past four 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 Menifee:
- 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
- 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.