Distracted Driving Safety Operation and Education

PRESS RELEASE

RELEASE DATE: June 24, 2021

SUBJECT:  Distracted Driver Safety Operation

The San Marino Police Department will be conducting a Distracted Driver Safety Operation on Tuesday, June 29th, 2021 from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The goal of this operation is to bring awareness to the dangers of Distracted Driving and how it impacts pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists.

The San Marino Police Department recognizes the need to protect the public through education and enforcement of violations committed by pedestrians, bicyclist, and motorists which make our roadways unsafe.

These violations include but are not limited to speeding, use of a cellphone while driving, illegal turning movements, failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, failing to stop for stop signs and signals or any other traffic violations committed by pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorists.

We want everyone to know that the safety of the public remains our top priority. The San Marino Police Department has seen a 48% decrease in traffic collisions (year-to-date), and a 59% decrease in injury collisions (year-to-date) as compared to this time last year.  Our goal is to continue this downward trend through education and enforcement of California Vehicle Codes.

To keep you and your family safe, the San Marino Police Department offers the following tips when out walking, biking, or driving:

Pedestrians

  • Only cross at marked crosswalks or intersections with a stop sign or signal
  • Look for cars backing up and avoid going in between parked cars
  • Make eye contact with drivers, and don’t assume they see you
  • Wear bright clothing during the day and use a flashlight when walking at night

Bicyclists

  • Always wear a helmet. Helmets are required by law for anyone under 18 years of age, and are recommended for all riders
  • Bicyclists must travel in the same direction as traffic and have the same requirements as any slow – moving vehicle

Drivers

  • Wait for pedestrians to cross the street. Remember to be courteous and patient
  • Do not use your cellphone or other devices that might distract your attention
  • Do not speed. Speed limits are not suggestions and are intended to keep you safe
  • Look for pedestrians when backing up, turning at intersections, or entering/exiting shopping centers and driveways

Additional information, programs, and resources on distracted driving:

  • National Safety Council (NSC) -  nsc.org/road/safety-topics/distracted-driving/distracted-driving-home 
  • California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) – “Put Your Phone Down.  Just Drive” Campaign https://gosafelyca.org/ 

We appreciate your help keeping our roadways safe.  To report an unsafe roadway condition or driving, please contact police dispatch at (626)300-0720, or for emergencies dial 9-1-1.

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