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Pasadena police reportedly issued 138 tickets during a citywide extra enforcement operation targeting traffic violations that endanger the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians on Feb. 26. In a written statement, police said the campaign took place between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. The California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, provided the funding for the campaign.
Police further noted that 88 of the citations went to drivers for offenses including speeding, failing to yield to pedestrians, illegal-turns, and running stop signs. They also cited 33 pedestrians for offenses like jaywalking, crossing the street against a red light, or delaying traffic. Lastly, 17 bicyclists received tickets for infractions including riding against traffic, biking on sidewalks, failing to stop for signs, and riding through red lights.
Pasadena police Cmdr. Mark Goodman reportedly said: “We hope this operation serves as a reminder to everyone to practice safe biking, driving and walking behaviors when they are out.”
According to Pasadena Now, police have responded to two deadly collisions and 15 injury collisions involving pedestrians or bicyclists since Jan. 1.
Out of 200 cities, Allstate ranked Pasadena as the 187th safest city to drive in the U.S.’ most populous cities. In 2017, Pasadena had 79 pedestrian accidents, three of which resulted in death, according to the California Highway Patrol Annual Report. The same year, there were reportedly 64 bicycle accidents in the city, none of which resulted in death.
Prior to the campaign, the police department reportedly said through a written statement: “While the COVID-19 pandemic is requiring residents to stay home as much as possible, the Pasadena Police Department recognizes the need to protect the public by looking for violations made by bicyclists, drivers and pedestrians that make roads unsafe.”
Lieutenant Anthony Russo reportedly said: “The safety of bicyclists and pedestrians remains a top priority for the Pasadena Police Department. So far this year, the Pasadena Police Department has investigated two deadly and 15 injury collisions involving bicyclists and pedestrians.”
The California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, provided the funding for the campaign.