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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Thursday May 7th, 2020 :: 05:04 a.m. PDT


Bicycle Safety Month

Nature of Incident: Bicycle Safety Month
Location: Ventura County, Ca
Date & Time: May 2020
Unit(s) Responsible: Camarillo Police Department Traffic Bureau

Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Operation Planned for Camarillo

The Camarillo Police Department will take part in a bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement operation May 11 aimed at keeping people who need to go out to exercise or run essential errands safe.
While the COVID-19 pandemic is requiring residents to stay home and only go out for essential activities, the Camarillo Police Department recognizes the need to protect the public by looking for violations made by bicyclists, drivers and pedestrians that make roads unsafe.
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. Officers will also look for pedestrians who cross the street illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way. Bike riders will be stopped when riding on the wrong side of the road, not complying with stop signs and signals, or other violation of the same traffic laws that apply to them as drivers.
“Just because there’s less traffic doesn’t mean traffic rules go out the window,” says Captain Shane Matthews. “To protect you and your family, we want to make sure those that are out are following rules intended to keep them safe.”
The safety of bicyclists and pedestrians remains a top priority for the Camarillo Police Department. In 2019, Camarillo Police Department has investigated 1 fatal and 29 injury collisions involving bicyclists and pedestrians.
To keep you and your family safe, the Camarillo Police Department offers the following tips when out biking, driving or walking:
  • Only cross at marked crosswalks or intersections, preferably with a stop sign or signal.
  • Look for cars backing up. Avoid going between parked cars.
  • Make eye contact with drivers. Don’t assume they see you.
  • Wear bright clothing during the day and use a flashlight at night.
  • Pedestrians may not walk/run in bicycles lanes, when sidewalks are available.
  • Wait for pedestrians to cross. Be courteous and patient.
  • Stay off the phone.
  • Follow the speed limit.
  • Look for pedestrians when backing up or turning.
  • Always wear a helmet. Helmets are required by law for anyone under 18.
  • Bicyclists must travel in the same direction of traffic and have the same requirements as any slow moving vehicle.
  • Bicyclist must ride in a marked bicycle lane, when available, not sidewalks.
Everyone who is out is reminded to practice physical distancing measures when feasible, staying at least six feet away from others.
Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Prepared by: Sgt. Paul Richards  
News Release Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2020  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Paul Richards (805) 388-5132
[email protected]
Approved by:
Capt. Shane Matthews  

Ventura County Sheriff's Office
800 S Victoria Ave
Ventura, CA 93003

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Non-emergencies: 805-654-9511

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