Improving Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety in Santa Maria
Police officers with the Santa Maria Police Department, as well as many other law enforcement agencies throughout California, are looking to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety on local roadways. Earlier this week, the Santa Maria Police Department dispatched extra officers to patrol problematic areas. These areas have been identified through research and mapping over the past three years. Officers were on the lookout for traffic safety law violations by drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians.
Enhanced Enforcement of Traffic Safety Laws for Cyclist and Pedestrian Safety
This enhanced enforcement operation is being funded by a $260,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety. During this operation, police officers were watching for illegal turns, speeding, failing to stop for signs and signals as well as illegal street crossings by pedestrians and cyclist traffic safety law violations. Over the past three years, officers with the Santa Maria Police Department investigated more than 228 injury crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists. Of those, four of the wrecks were fatal.
Pedestrian and Cyclist Crashes by The Numbers
- In 2016, there were 5,987 pedestrians killed in crashes in the U.S.
- In 2015, there were 818 cyclists killed in traffic crashes across the U.S.
- Between 2015 and 2016, there was a nine-percent increase in pedestrian fatalities.
- There were an estimated 45,000 cyclists injured in crashes in the U.S. in 2015.
- In 2016, 16 percent of all traffic fatalities were pedestrians.
- 90 percent of pedestrian-involved traffic crashes only involved one vehicle in 2016.
Pedestrian and Cyclist Accidents in San Diego
Cyclists and pedestrians remain two of the most vulnerable roadway users groups in California and across the U.S. Even with protective gear like helmets and high-visibility clothing, pedestrians and cyclists are at risk for injury-causing and potentially fatal collisions with vehicles, especially when drivers are distracted. After any kind of crash involving a potentially dangerous or distracted driver, it’s a good idea to speak with a Personal Injury lawyer about your case.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian or cyclist 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.