The City of Santa Clarita and Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station officials are conducting Monday a Pedestrian Crosswalk Safety and Enforcement Operation from 3-7 p.m.
The event is scheduled to begin at Valencia Boulevard and Citrus Drive and to continue at other busy intersections around the city, including Magic Mountain Parkway and Valencia Boulevard, and Sierra Highway and Soledad Canyon.
“The city sees an average of two incidents per week involving cyclists and pedestrians, and in the last year alone, we saw 50 injury-related traffic collisions involving pedestrians on our local roadways,” said Sgt. Rich Cohen of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station’s Traffic Unit. “The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Department and the city are partnering to conduct a public safety operation that will increase awareness of safety laws and remind pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists how important it is to follow the rules of the road.”
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During the operation, deputies will cross major intersections and monitor high volume areas for vehicles not obeying the speed limits or yielding to pedestrians.
Deputies will also observe pedestrians and cyclists, and monitor whether or not they are obeying traffic signals and crossing streets safely and legally.
This operation is being held in conjunction with the city’s current public safety campaign: “Respect is a Two-Way Street,” and “Be Aware, Stay Alive.”
The public awareness campaign is designed to educate residents on the frequency of traffic collisions involving pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, and the importance of increasing safety awareness for all residents.
Santa Clarita Valley deputies want to remind both pedestrians and motorists to share the road and follow traffic safety laws in order to reduce injury traffic collisions.
The campaign is intended to encourage pedestrians to obey traffic signals, cross streets at crosswalks or marked intersections, watch for turning vehicles, make eye contact with drivers, be alert to traffic and wear light or brightly colored clothing at night.
The campaign also promotes that motorists scan the road ahead for pedestrians, stay focused, yield to pedestrians in marked and unmarked crosswalks, watch for pedestrians while making turns and obey speed limits.
For more information about the Pedestrian Crosswalk Safety and Enforcement Operation, contact Sergeant Rich Cohen of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station’s Traffic Unit at 661-255-1121. To learn more about the city’s safety tips, you can visit the Bike Santa Clarita’s website.
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Source: Santa Clarita News