CHP Gets Grant to Enhance Cyclist and Pedestrian Safety
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) just issued a press release about a grant that’s going to fund an enhancement in safety for cyclists and pedestrians throughout the state. The CHP was recently awarded the California Pedestrian and Bicyclist Enforcement and Education Project VIII grant. The funds from this grant will go towards conducting enhanced enforcement patrols and public awareness campaigns over the next 12 months.
This grant funding will provide CHP departments with additional funds to focus on pedestrian and cyclist safety in various locations. According to the CHP, pedestrian and cyclist fatalities accounted for nearly 33 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the State of California in 2018.
Pedestrian and Cyclist Crash Facts
- In 2018, there were 857 cyclist deaths across the U.S.
- Cyclist deaths accounted for 2.3 percent of all traffic fatalities that year.
- In 2018, 79 percent of cyclists who died in motor vehicle crashes were in urban areas.
- In 2018, there were 6,283 pedestrians killed in U.S. crashes.
- Between 2017 and 2018, there was a 3.4 percent increase in pedestrian fatalities on U.S. roadways.
- In 2018, pedestrian deaths accounted for 17 percent of all traffic deaths in the U.S.
- In 2018, 17 percent of the children 14 and younger killed in crashes were pedestrians.
Walk and Bike to School Day
On October 7, CHP officials will be promoting and supporting Walk and Bike to School Day. They will be out in full force at locations with high numbers of pedestrian and cyclist crashes. There will be uniformed and plain-clothes officers monitoring crosswalks for drivers and pedestrians who aren’t following the rules of the road. They will be on the lookout for people who fail to yield the right-of-way or who take unsafe or illegal actions.
Cyclist and Pedestrian Accidents in Southern California
Cyclists and pedestrians are two of the most vulnerable roadway user groups. Even practicing safe riding and walking habits isn’t enough sometimes. Pedestrians and cyclists are counting on motorists to share the road safely and make a commitment to distraction-free driving.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident or a bicycle accident in San Diego or anywhere in Southern California, contact the skilled team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.