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By Lookout Staff

June 28, 2019 -- Drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians will be the focus of two traffic safety enforcement operations in Santa Monica next week.

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.

"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," said Sgt. Roberto Villegas.

"Officers will also look for pedestrians who cross the street illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way," he said.

Bike riders will be stopped for riding on the sidewalk and on the wrong side of the road, as well as failing to comply with stop signs and signals or other traffic laws that also apply to drivers, police said.

"Bike riders should always go with the flow of traffic, let faster traffic pass and use hand signals when turning or stopping," police said.

There have been two traffic fatalities so far this year after none in 2018.

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).

The fatal collision in January marked the first traffic fatality in Santa Monica since November 2017.

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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