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Santa Monica Police to Hold Traffic Enforcement Operations Monday and Friday
By Lookout Staff
The operations on Monday and Friday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. are part of a month-long focus on violations that put roadway users at risk, police said.
The first took place in January when a pedestrian was killed by a Metro train after being dragged from the platform ("Train Collision Marks First Pedestrian Death Since 2017," January 15, 2019).
The second to place in March, when a man riding a scooter was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Ocean Park,
The incident marked the city's first traffic fatality involving a scooter ("E-Scooter Rider Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver in Santa Monica," March 18, 2019).
That year, eight pedestrians were killed ("Eighth Pedestrian Killed This Year in Santa Monica," November 21, 2017).
The mounting death toll prompted the City to order faster action on a sweeping re-design of city streets to enhance pedestrian safety and carve a post for a Safe Streets "Czar" ("Santa Monica City Council Calls for Safe Streets 'Czar,'" May 11, 2017).
The traffic safety enforcement operations are paid for with a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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