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Santa Barbara police conduct bicycle and pedestrian safety operation

Posted at 10:59 AM, May 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-22 21:48:36-04
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The Santa Barbara police department is taking part in a bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement operation today.

According to a press release from the department, officers will be looking for violations made by cyclists, drivers and pedestrians that put roadway users at risk.

Violations include speeding, making illegal turns, failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, failing to stop for signs and any other dangerous violation.

Officers are also keeping a close watch on jaywalking and pedestrians who fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way. Cyclists will be stopped if they’re riding on the wrong side of the road, not complying with stop signs and signals, or other violation of the same traffic laws that also apply to drivers.

“Whether you are on foot, behind the wheel or on a bike, you play a part in roadway safety,” Sergeant Mike Brown said. “Understanding the rules of the road using all modes of transportation helps ensure we all get to our destination safely.”

In 2018, the Santa Barbara Police Department has investigated 159 fatal and injury collisions involving bicyclists and pedestrians.