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Santa Barbara police conduct safety enforcement operation

Posted at 4:00 PM, Sep 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-01 19:00:05-04

The Santa Barbara Police Department conducted a "vision Zero" pedestrian safety enforcement operation on Sunday.

Officers were looking for violations made by drivers and pedestrians that are illegal and dangerous. Officers planned to stop pedestrians who crossed the street illegally or failed to yield to drivers.

The operation was meant to educate drivers and pedestrians about traffic laws.

The "Vision Zero" strategy is aimed at eliminating all serious and fatal collisions from the streets of Santa Barbara. Police say enforcement operations are necessary to move their goals forward.

The Santa Barbara Police Department says pedestrian deaths are rising. 867 pedestrians were killed in California in 2016, up nearly 33 percent from 2012.

Santa Barbara police investigated three deadly collisions and 69 injuries involving pedestrians in 2018.

Police advise pedestrians to always use crosswalks and make eye contact with with drivers. They suggest wearing bright clothing during the day and reflective material at night.