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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Friday May 7th, 2021 :: 04:12 p.m. PDT


News Story - Upcoming Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Operation

Nature of Incident: Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Operation
Location: Ventura County, Ca
Date & Time: May 10, 2021
Unit(s) Responsible: Camarillo Police Department Traffic Bureau

Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Operation Planned for May 10th

The Camarillo Police Department will conduct a bicycle and pedestrian safety operation on Monday 5/10/21 from 6am to 6pm aimed at keeping people safe while exercising or enjoying the outdoors.
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 traffic violation by bike riders or pedestrians.
“Drivers, slow down and allow bicyclists and pedestrians the same access to roads,” says Capt. Shane Matthews. “To protect you and your family, we want to make sure everyone is following rules that keep them safe.”
The safety of bicyclists and pedestrians remains a top priority for the Camarillo Police Department. In 2019, Camarillo Police Department 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.
  • Bicyclists must ride in a marked bicycle lane, when available, not sidewalks.
Everyone 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: Friday, May 7, 2021  
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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