News Story

 

Thousand Oaks - Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations Planned
1/9/2018 4:00:00 PM

 

Nature of Incident:

Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations Planned

Location:

Thousand Oaks, CA

Date & Time:

January 10, 2018 7:00am- 2:00 pm

Unit Responsible:

Thousand Oaks Police - Traffic Bureau

Narrative:

Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations Planned

The Thousand Oaks Police Department will step up pedestrian safety enforcement operations on

Wednesday Jan 10, 2018 with focused enforcement on collision causing factors involving motorists and

pedestrians. Routine traffic patrols will focus efforts in trouble spots while special targeted patrols will

also be deployed to crackdown on drivers and pedestrians who violate traffic laws meant to protect all

roadway users.

The department has mapped out locations over the past several years where pedestrian involved

collisions have occurred along with the violations that led to those crashes. Officers will be looking for

traffic offenses made by drivers and pedestrians alike that can lead to life changing injuries. Special

attention will be directed toward drivers speeding, driving distracted, 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. Pedestrians should cross the street only in

marked crosswalks or intersections.

Pedestrian fatalities are rising in California as more people use non-motorized means of transportation.

In 2016, California witnessed 867 pedestrian deaths accounting for nearly 24 percent of all roadway

fatalities, much higher than the national average of 15 percent.

A national study reveals that pedestrians and drivers do not obey laws and signals consistently and many

often use cell phones, text and listen to music while walking or driving. Only 60 percent of pedestrians

said they expected drivers to stop when they were in crosswalks, even though they have the right-ofway.

The following safety tips can save lives and stop this tragedy witnessed far too often in Thousand Oaks:

Drivers can:

- Look out for pedestrians, especially in hard-to-see conditions such as at night or in bad weather.

- Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or entering a crosswalk where pedestrians are

likely to be.

- Stop at the crosswalk stop line to give drivers in other lanes an opportunity to see and yield to the

pedestrians too.

- Be cautious when backing up ' pedestrians, especially young children, can move across your

path.

Pedestrians can:

- Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road, cross at crosswalks or intersections, and obey signs

and signals.

- Walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible if there is no sidewalk.

- Pay attention to the traffic moving around you. This is not the time to be texting or talking on a

cell phone.

- Make eye contact with drivers as they approach. Never assume a driver sees you.

- Wear bright clothing during the day and reflective materials (or use a flashlight) at night.

- Look left-right-left before crossing a street.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Prepared by:

Carl Patterson, Sergeant

News Story Date:

January 9, 2018

Follow-Up Contact:

Office (805) 373-2322

Carl Patterson, Sergeant

carl.patterson@ventura.org

Approved by:

Captain Don Aguilar