FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 16, 2015
Released by: Lt. Bob Dunn, (714) 497-6330
Subject: Anaheim Police to Increase Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Enforcement
The Anaheim Police Department will increase Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations several days during the months of January and February with focused enforcement on collision causing factors involving motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists.
Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas where bicycle and pedestrian crashes are likely to occur in an effort to curb injury accidents, especially those resulting in fatalities.
Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers, bicycle riders and pedestrians alike that can lead to life changing accidents. 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. Bicycle 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 by law. 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. In 2012, California witnessed 612 pedestrian and 124 bicyclists killed that year while nationally 4,743 pedestrians and 726 bicyclists were killed. Locally, the Anaheim Police Department has investigated 1,164 fatal and injury collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists during the past three (3) years.
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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