San Diego Safety Enforcement Alert

May 2, 19 by Jorian Goes

San Diego Safety Enforcement Alert

The San Diego Police Department will be conducting a bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement operation on Wednesday, May 1-10th, with focused enforcement on collision causing factors involving motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians.

Local police enforcement will be aggressively looking for any violation including scooters, bicyclist and pedestrians

Routine traffic patrols will focus efforts in trouble spots, while targeted patrols in the Southeastern Division as well as our Southern Division communities will be deployed to crackdown on drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists who violate traffic laws meant to protect all roadway users.

The Department has mapped out locations over the past three years where pedestrian and bicycle involved collisions have occurred, along with the violations that led to those crashes. Officers will be looking for traffic offenses committed by drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians, which can lead to life changing injuries. Special attention will be directed toward drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for signs and signals, failing to yield to pedestrians in cross walks, or any other dangerous violations.

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 at intersections.

The following safety tips can save lives and stop this tragedy witnessed far too often in San Diego.

Drivers should:

– Look out for bicyclists, pedestrians and scooter riders, 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.

– ‘Share the road’ with bicyclists

– Be courteous; California law now mandates at least three feet of clearance when passing a bike rider.

– Look for cyclists before opening a car door or pulling out from a parking space.

– Yield to cyclists at intersections and as directed by signs and signals.

– Be especially watchful for riders when making turns, either left or right.


Bicyclists should:

– Wear properly fitted bicycle helmets every time they ride. If under 18 years of age, it’s the law.

– A helmet is the single most effective way to prevent head injury resulting from a bicycle crash.

– Riders are considered vehicle operators; they are required to obey the same rules of the road as other vehicle operators, including obeying traffic signs, signals, and lane markings.

– When cycling in the street, cyclists must ride in the same direction as traffic.

– Bicyclists should increase their visibility to drivers by wearing fluorescent or brightly colored clothing during the day, and at dawn and dusk.

– To be noticed when riding at night, the law requires a front light and a red reflector to the rear.

– For additional safety, use a flashing rear light, and use retro-reflective tape or markings on equipment or clothing.


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.


Scooter Riders:

– Wear properly fitted helmets every time they ride.

– A helmet is the single most effective way to prevent a head injury resulting from a scooter crash.

– Riders are considered vehicle operators; they are required to obey the same rules of the road as other vehicle operators, including obeying traffic signs, signals, and lane markings.

– When riding in the street, scooter riders must ride in the same direction as traffic.

– Scooter operators should increase their visibility to drivers by wearing fluorescent or brightly colored clothing during the day, and at dawn and dusk.

– To be noticed when riding at night, the law requires a front light and a red reflector to the rear

– No passengers are allowed on any scooter, the driver is the only person allowed on the scooter.

– All operators are required to be 15 and ½ years of age, and possess a valid driver’s permit.

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

Article courtesy of: https://timesofsandiego.com/