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Police to Conduct Traffic Enforcement Operation Friday Downtown
By Lookout Staff
June 26, 2019 -- With summer crowds flooding into Santa Monica, motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians and e-scooter riders are all jockeying for their share of Downtown streets.
On Friday between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., traffic officers will be on the lookout for behavior that puts "roadway users at risk" during a safety enforcement operation.
"These violations include drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, failing to stop for signs and signals or any other dangerous violation," police said.
It also includes pedestrians who "cross the street illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way," officials said.
In addition, officers will look for bicyclists and e-scooter riders who violate the law by riding on the sidewalk, not complying with stop signs and signals, or riding on the wrong side of the road, police said.
Bicyclists should always wear a helmet, which are required by law for those under 18.
Police began including e-scooter riders in their operations in May ("Traffic Crackdown to Include E-Scooter Riders," May 10, 2019).
That month, they also began cracking down on e-scooter and e-bike riders who violate the law by using the beach bike path ("Santa Monica Police to Crack Down on E-Scooters on Beach Bike Path," May 21, 2019).
During the bike path operation, police impounded nearly three dozen e-bikes and pulled over more than 150 riders of e-vehicles ("Police Impound E-Mini Bikes, Stop E-Vehicle Riders on Beach Bike Path," May 28, 2019).
All 32 vehicles impounded were Wheels seated electronic devices rented in Los Angeles, where the company is authorized to operate, police officials said.
Officers conducting a traffic enforcement operation Downtown stopped 4 e-scooter riders and issued 2 citations, made 8 pedestrians stops and issued 4 citations and made 16 vehicle stops and issued 13 citations, police said.
Police advise pedestrians to "look for cars backing up and avoid darting between parked cars, make eye contact with drivers and wear bright clothing during the day and reflective materials or use a flashlight at night."
"Bike riders should always go with the flow of traffic, let faster traffic pass and use hand signals when turning or stopping."
The program is paid for with a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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