LASD plans Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Operations for September 3-4, 2021

 The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting bicycle and pedestrian safety operations on September 3rd and 4th from 6a.m. to 9:30p.m. aimed at keeping people out exercising or enjoying the outdoors safe.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department recognizes the need to protect the public by looking for violations made by bicyclists, drivers and pedestrians that make roads unsafe.

These violations include drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, failing to stop for signs and signals or any other traffic violation by bike riders or pedestrians.

“Drivers, slow down and allow bicyclists and pedestrians the same access to roads,” Sergeant Robert Hill said. “To protect you and your family, we want to make sure everyone is following rules that keep them safe.”

The safety of bicyclists and pedestrians remains a top priority for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.  In 2020, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigated 42 deadly and 750 injury collisions involving bicyclists and pedestrians.

To keep you and your family safe, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department offers the following tips when out biking, driving or walking:

PEDESTRIANS

  • Only cross at marked crosswalks or intersections with a stop sign or signal.
  • Look for cars backing up. Avoid going between parked cars.
  • Make eye contact with drivers. Don’t assume they see you.
  • Wear bright clothing during the day and use a flashlight when walking at night.

DRIVERS

  • Wait for pedestrians to cross the street. Be courteous and patient.
  • Stay off the phone.
  • No speeding. Speed limits are not suggestions.
  • Look for pedestrians when backing up, turning at intersections or entering/exiting shopping centers.

BICYCLISTS

  • Always wear a helmet. Helmets are required by law for anyone under 18.
  • Bicyclists must travel in the same direction of traffic and have the same requirements as any slow moving vehicle.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This article was released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.