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Santa Monica Police Department
Thursday March 1st, 2012 :: 08:59 a.m. PST

Traffic Enforcement Section Focuses on Poor Driving Behaviors

The Santa Monica Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Section will focus on different driving behaviors each month that are primary causation for traffic collisions. In March, motor officers will target vehicles failing to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk.
The California Vehicle Code - Section 21950 Right-of-Way at Crosswalks States:
Right-of-Way at Crosswalks
21950 (a) The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, except as otherwise provided in this chapter.

(b) This section does not relieve a pedestrian from the duty of using due care for his or her safety. No pedestrian may suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard. No pedestrian may unnecessarily stop or delay traffic while in a marked or unmarked crosswalk.

(c) The driver of a vehicle approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk shall exercise all due care and shall reduce the speed of the vehicle or take any other action relating to the operation of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian.

(d) Subdivision (b) does not relieve a driver of a vehicle from the duty of exercising due care for the safety of any pedestrian within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.

For more information, please contact Sergeant Phillbo Rubish with the Santa Monica Police Department’s Traffic Division at 310-458-8950, or Lieutenant Jay Trisler at 310-458-8471.

Santa Monica Police Department
333 Olympic Dr
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 310-395-9931

Richard Lewis, Sergeant
Community Relations Unit

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