The California Highway Patrol (CHP) recently issued a press release about a grant to help focus on improving pedestrian and cyclist safety throughout the state. According to the CHP, this grant will help to fund their yearlong effort to get the word out about the dangers facing cyclists and pedestrians on roadways in California. Beginning on October 1, the grant-funded California Pedestrian and Bicyclist Enforcement and Education Project VII will enable officers to conduct enhanced enforcement patrols and public awareness campaigns throughout the State of California.
California Pedestrian and Bicyclist Enforcement and Education Project
This year, the CHP is kicking off their new enforcement and education project on October 2nd, which is National Walk to School Day. Officers will be focusing on locations with a high volume of pedestrian and cyclist crashes. Enforcement efforts will involve both plain-clothes officers and uniformed officers monitoring crosswalks. They will be on the lookout for motorists and pedestrians who fail to yield the right of way or who take unsafe or illegal actions. There will also be an increase in school zone enforcement operations.
The Stats on Bicycle and Pedestrian Crashes
- Pedestrian and cyclist fatalities account for nearly 28 percent of all traffic-related deaths in California.
- Approximately one-half of all pedestrian crashes in California happen at a crosswalk.
- There were 5,977 pedestrians killed in crashes in 2017 across the U.S.
- On average, one pedestrian was killed every 88 minutes in 2017.
- There were 783 cyclist deaths nationwide in 2017.
- In 2017, 75 percent of cyclists who died in motor vehicle crashes died in urban areas.
- Pedestrian deaths accounted for 16 percent of all traffic fatalities in the U.S. in 2017.
Pedestrian and Cyclist Injuries in San Diego
At the end of the day, pedestrians and cyclists are truly at the mercy of motorists on the roadways. If drivers are texting behind the wheel, they’re not looking out for vulnerable roadway users like cyclists and pedestrians. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident or in a bicycle accident in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.