Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation Planned for City of Corona
For Immediate Release
March 21, 2019
PEDESTRIAN SAFETY ENFORCEMENT OPERATION PLANNED FOR CITY OF CORONA
CORONA, CA– The Corona Police Department is conducting a pedestrian safety enforcement operation intended to educate drivers and pedestrians on traffic laws meant to keep them safe on the road.
On Friday, March 22, 2019, officers will be watching for illegal and dangerous traffic violations by drivers and pedestrians. Special attention will be given toward drivers failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, speeding, making illegal turns, not stopping for signs and signals, and other traffic violations. Pedestrians who cross the street illegally, fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way, or are distracted while walking will be stopped as well.
Pedestrian fatalities are rising at an alarming rate. In 2016, 867 pedestrians were killed on California roads, up nearly 33 percent from 2012. In 2018, The Corona Police Department investigated 41 collisions involving pedestrians with one fatality and 36 injuries. Pedestrians should only cross the street using crosswalks or at intersections, preferably with a stop sign or signal. Also, pedestrians should be looking for cars backing up and avoid darting between parked cars. Make eye contact with drivers, wear bright clothing during the day, and wear reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.
Drivers should wait for pedestrians to cross the street and slow down or prepare to stop when crossing an intersection where there is foot traffic. Drivers should also stop at the crosswalk line to allow other drivers to see and yield to pedestrians. Pedestrians and drivers can ensure everyone gets where we need to go safely by avoiding distractions. “Drivers and pedestrians should be looking out for one another and not down at their phone,” Traffic Bureau Corporal Joey Brown said. “When it comes to roadway safety, they share equal responsibility.”
The Corona Police Department supports the new OTS public awareness campaign, “Go Safely, California,” a resource for Californians on how to be safe on the go. To find out more about the campaign, visit www.gosafelyca.org. Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
If you would like to learn more, please contact Sergeant Bryan Snow at 951-739-4885 or email Bryan.Snow@CoronaCA.gov.
About the City of Corona: Corona is located adjacent to Orange County California at the junction of the 91 and 15 freeways with a population of more than 160,000 residents. For more information regarding The City of Corona visit www.CoronaCA.gov.
Sgt. Chad Fountain
Public Information Officer