Drivers and pedestrians cited during crosswalk enforcement

Drivers and pedestrians cited during crosswalk enforcement
Posted on 05/23/2016

Redlands Police cited two drivers and two pedestrians during a pedestrian crosswalk safety enforcement detail on Monday, May 23.

Police officers conducted the enforcement detail at six intersections in Redlands including Redlands Boulevard at State, Seventh and Orange streets; Orange Street at Shoppers Lane and at Colton Avenue; and San Bernardino Avenue at Lassen Street.

Two drivers on Redlands Boulevard were cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian within a crosswalk. Two pedestrians at Orange Street and Colton Avenue were cited for failure to use an available crosswalk while crossing the street.

“We are seeing increased compliance with the laws regarding pedestrian and crosswalk safety at these locations,” noted RPD Traffic Unit Supervisor Sgt. Ken Wright. “That tells us that our enforcement efforts are working.”

Funding for the enforcement efforts came from a $153,604 Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, accepted by the City Council in September 2015. The grant covers traffic safety, enforcement and education activities.

Pedestrian and bicycle safety details are conducted to enforce traffic laws and remind drivers that under the California Vehicle Code pedestrians have the right of way at all marked and unmarked crosswalks. Drivers are reminded to observe speed limits, exercise caution and reduce their speed in order to ensure the safety of pedestrians.

Drivers may also be cited for passing a vehicle that has stopped to allow pedestrians to cross.

Pedestrians are also reminded to exercise caution at all times and especially when crossing the street. Always check for oncoming traffic. Be sure not to make sudden moves into a crosswalk whether marked or unmarked and be sure that drivers can see you. When possible, cross at a signalized intersection and be sure to follow all traffic directions and signals. Pedestrians may be cited when they fail to exercise appropriate caution, deliberately delay traffic or cross outside a marked crosswalk between adjacent signalized intersections.

 “We all have a responsibility for the safety of ourselves and others when we share the road,” said Police Chief Mark Garcia. “Whether you are a driver, a cyclist or a pedestrian, remaining alert, exercising caution and obeying all traffic laws is the best way to ensure everyone’s safety.”