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Police Conducting Pedestrian Safety Enforcement in El Cerrito

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Officers with the El Cerrito Police Department are out in force today as part of a 'Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation' detail.

Information about the enforcement is provided in the Nixle Alert released by police:

On February 19, 2014, Officers and a Police Service Volunteer from the ECPD will conduct a Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation, focusing on motorists who fail to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians walking within marked crosswalks as required by law. 

These operations are an effort to reduce and prevent the occurrence of vehicle-versus-pedestrian related collisions and to make our roadways and community safer. We also remind drivers that motorists are required by law to yield the right-of way to pedestrians walking within marked crosswalks. 

For any questions related to traffic enforcement, please contact the Traffic Unit at 510-215-4400.
Steve Wood February 20, 2014 at 01:46 AM
Hope the focus also extends to those rude pedestrians that take their sweet old time crossing the crosswalk, those who cross blissfully unaware of their surroundings because they are engrossed in texting/email/facebook, cyclists that use cross walks to cross the street rather than follow the traffic pattern of which they are a part and last but not least, those parents who defiantly stand in the middle of the cross walk while their infant charge is dragging somewhere behind with little intention of making it across today when in fact they should be teaching that child to get across as quickly as possible because a half ton hunk of metal traveling at 35 mph may experience anythig from brake failure to a distracted driver and just might not stop......
Frank Biafore February 20, 2014 at 03:33 PM
I would liket o know what day they are concentrating on the pedestrians as the code also states - (b) This section does not relieve a pedestrian from the duty of using due care for his or her safety. No pedestrian may suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard. No pedestrian may unnecessarily stop or delay traffic while in a marked or unmarked crosswalk. I am assuming a pedestrian that enters a crosswalk without so much as a glance in any direction has not exercised "due care". I constantly see pedestrians cross the side streets of San Pablo without a glance in either direction - setting the worst example for kids.
Rodney Paul February 21, 2014 at 06:03 PM
Yes, the pedestrians are clearly out of control. I think of the trauma suffered by the driver who recently hit a child in the crosswalk on Solano while making a left turn. Clearly, we'd be better off with everyone driving and these rogue pedestrian kids off the streets. The increasing rates of obesity and diabetes are small prices to pay when the convenience of our drivers is at stake.

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