Davis Police will be conducting "Pedestrain Safety Enforcement Day" until 2 p.m. today.
They will be dedicating extra patrol resources to enforce pedestrian traffic laws and provide information to pedestrian offenders on how to avoid vehicle and bicycle collisions. Here are the details from the police department:
In the past 12 months, 16 vehicle collisions occurred in Davis where pedestrians were injured; two pedestrians lost their lives. We consider even one preventable death as one too many. If pedestrians and drivers follow the law and use caution, collisions can be avoided.
While the California Vehicle Code favors the right of way of pedestrians, it does not alleviate a pedestrian’s responsibility from entering a roadway only when it is safe to do so. We ask that pedestrians abide by the following safety rules:
• Look both ways before entering a roadway, and proceed only when it is safe to do so.
• Obey traffic signals such as traffic lights and pedestrian crossing controls.
• Even when cars must legally yield the right of way, do not assume they will. Make eye contact with drivers to confirm they are aware of your presence.
• We have found that more pedestrians are getting hurt because they are distracted by personal electronic devices. Stop in a safe place to read and reply to your texts. We recommend you do not cover both ears when walking or jogging in areas where you may encounter traffic.
Our aim is to make this academic year productive, enjoyable, and safe. We ask that pedestrians stay alert, aware, and careful. Through education and enforcement, we hope to avoid the tragedies of last year.
For any questions please feel free to contact Sergeant Rifredi at (530) 747-5413.