Officers will be looking for dangerous violations by drivers and pedestrians, according to a news release. Special attention will be directed toward drivers failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, speeding, making illegal turns, and not stopping for signs and signals. Officers will stop pedestrians who cross the street illegally, fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way, or are distracted while walking.
Pedestrians should only cross the street using crosswalks or intersections, preferably with a stop sign or signal, according to the news release. In addition, pedestrians should be looking for cars backing up and should avoid darting between parked cars.
Police advise drivers to wait for pedestrians to cross the street, to slow down or prepare to stop when crossing an intersection where there is foot traffic, and to stop at the crosswalk line to allow other drivers to see and yield to pedestrians.The Santa Barbara 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 gosafelyca.org.