Drivers cited during pedestrian operation
In an effort to combat vehicle accidents involving pedestrians in California, motorcycle officers with the Los Angeles Police Department conducted a pedestrian crosswalk safety and enforcement operation on March 9, 2017 in the Encino area. With one marked and one unmarked crosswalk, 45 drivers were ticketed within 90 minutes of the operation. The majority of the citations that were issued were warnings to educate the drivers.
According to a police representative, many of the drivers stated that they were unaware that they were required to stop at an intersection that had no marked crosswalk in order to allow pedestrians to pass. Police also want pedestrians to be aware and to pay attention and verify that vehicles stop.
There have been 11 pedestrian fatalities already this year in the San Fernando Valley, a sharp increase from the figure during the same period in 2016. At a news conference that was held before the operation was conducted, the police stated that in that area in 2016, a total of 33 pedestrians were involved in fatal traffic collisions. The total number of fatalities caused by vehicle accidents has also risen from 10 to 21. Police attribute the deaths to motorists driving too fast and being distracted. The Los Angeles Department of Transportation is working with the LAPD on Vision Zero, an initiative to eliminate traffic deaths in the city by 2025. A senior transportation engineer with the Department of Transportation states that the 40 percent rise in traffic deaths in the city since 2016 is unacceptable.
Pedestrians who sustain serious injuries from being struck by a vehicle should contact a personal injury attorney. The attorney may conduct an investigation that includes a reconstruction that shows that the victim had the right of way at the time of the accident and should thus be entitled to compensation from the at-fault motorist.