Bakersfield police to step up pedestrian safety patrols this weekend

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Bakersfield police say they're about to crack down on pedestrian safety operations.

Special patrols will be deployed this weekend to crackdown on drivers and pedestrians who violate traffic laws.

They'll pay special attention to things like driver's speeding, driving distracted and failing to yield to pedestrians in cross walks. 

Enforcement will also be taken against pedestrians who cross the street illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way.

The department provided a list of things drivers and pedestrians should watch out for, plus statistics on pedestrian fatalities for California, which far exceed the national average.

Bakersfield police said Thursday that it has investigated 49 fatal and injury collisions over the last three years. In 2016, California had 867 pedestrian deaths which accounted to nearly about 24 percent of all roadway deaths, whereas the national average is 15 percent.

A study shows pedestrians and drivers don't obey laws and signals consistently, because of cell phone usage, including texting and listening to music while walking or driving.

Bakersfield police advise drivers and pedestrians to take precautions in order to stay safe.

Drivers can: 

  • Look out for pedestrians, 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. 

Pedestrians can: 

  • Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road, cross at crosswalks or intersections, and obey signs and signals. 
  • Walk facing traffic, and if there is no sidewalk, walk as far from traffic as possible. 
  • 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. 
  • Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

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