CCPD Increasing Patrols During Pedestrian Safety Month
September 23, 2021
As part of Pedestrian Safety Month, the Culver City Police Department will have additional officers on patrol throughout September to improve pedestrian safety and help reduce crashes and injuries.
"It's simple: slow down and stop for pedestrians. They have the same rights to the road as everyone else," Culver City Police Chief Manuel Cid said. "If you're walking, be mindful of vehicle traffic and be predictable. We should all be looking out for one another."
Pedestrians are more and more at risk on the road, said police officials. Based on data from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), 2020 saw the largest ever annual increase, 21 percent, in pedestrian deaths. In California, pedestrian deaths accounted for 27 percent of all traffic-related deaths in 2019, according to GHSA.
In their efforts to keep everyone safe on the road, Culver police officers will be specifically looking for violations pertaining to drivers and pedestrians. These violations include right-of-way at crosswalks, illegal turns and not stopping for signs or signals (e.g., right turn on red or red light running) and speeding, CCPD said.
The Police Department urges people to stay off the phone when walking or driving. It also offers tips for drivers and pedestrians to greatly reduce the risk of getting injured in a crash.
The department encourages pedestrians to use crosswalks and be visible to drivers. CCPD also reminds drivers to follow the speed limit, avoid blocking crosswalks and refrain from driving impaired.
Funding for this pedestrian safety program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, CCPD said.