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Santa Monica Police to Look for Bicyclists, Pedestrians Violating Traffic Laws
By Lookout Staff
May 1, 2019 -- During May, Santa Monica police will be on the lookout for pedestrians and bicyclists violating traffic laws, Police Department officials announced this week.
The operation is aimed at educating bicyclists, drivers and pedestrians on the rules and responsibilities of sharing the road.
Police will be especially looking for behavior that puts "roadway users at risk."
"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.
Drivers should wait for pedestrians to cross the street, avoid distractions like using a cell phone and be courteous and patient, police said.
Officers also will look for pedestrians who "cross the street illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way," officials said.
"People walking should only cross the street using crosswalks or intersections, preferably with a stop sign or signal.
"People on foot should also 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."
In addition, officers will look for bicyclists who violate the same traffic laws that apply to drivers.
They will focus on those riding on the wrong side of the road or not complying with stop signs and signals.
Bicyclists should always wear a helmet, which are required by law for those under 18.
They also should "always go with the flow of traffic, let faster traffic pass and use hand signals when turning or stopping," police officials said.
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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