CHP Grant Funding for Cyclist and Pedestrian Safety

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) recently issued a press release about a grant that is going to fund critically important enforcement and safety efforts for cyclists and pedestrians throughout the state. According to the CHP, they have been awarded the California Pedestrian and Bicyclist Enforcement and Education Project IX grant.

Starting in October, the grant will fund various enhanced enforcement patrols and public awareness campaigns across California. Since pedestrian and cyclist fatalities account for nearly one-third of all traffic-related deaths in the state each year, enhancing safety for these vulnerable roadway user groups is a top priority.

Pedestrian and Cyclist Crash Stats

  • In 2019, there were 6,205 pedestrians killed in traffic crashes in the U.S.
  • An estimated 76,000 pedestrians were injured in U.S. crashes in 2019.
  • On average, a pedestrian was killed every 85 minutes and injured every seven minutes in 2019.
  • There were 857 cyclists killed in 2018 traffic crashes.

October is National Pedestrian Safety Month

On October 6, 2021, the CHP will be out in full force for National Walk to School Day. There will be enhanced enforcement efforts as well as educational events. In addition to regular patrols, there will also be plain clothes officers working to monitor crosswalks and areas surrounding schools. They will be on the lookout for motorists who fail to yield the right-of-way or who drive unsafe or illegally.

Additionally, educational efforts will include safety skills and training courses and presentations for high-risk populations like older communities and children. Finally, the grant will also be able to fund the distribution of certain types of safety equipment like bicycle helmets and reflective gear.

Pedestrian and Cyclist Accidents in Southern California

In 2019 and 2020 combined, 2,354 of the 7,594 traffic crash fatalities that occurred in California were pedestrians and cyclists. These two roadway user groups are some of the most vulnerable on roadways in California and across the nation. They don’t have steel cages, air bags and seat belts, and even with the best practices, they are still at the mercy of the drivers around them.

If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident or a bicycle accident in San Diego or anywhere in Southern California, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.

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