Simi Valley Police Traffic Unit Distracted Driving and Pedestrian Crosswalk Enforcement Results

crosswalkThe Simi Valley Police Department has conducted two enforcement operations designed to both evaluate and enforce compliance with distracted drivers (on cell phones / texting) and yielding the right of way to pedestrians within a crosswalk.

It is unfortunate that in a short 3 hour period of time on 2/25/16, 39 total citations were issued for motorists in Simi Valley who were either actively talking on the phone or texting while driving in violation of the law. 1 teenage driver was cited during the event. The officers involved in the event were in uniform and in plain view as they observed violations. During this event, 3 vehicles were towed, 1 driver was arrested for driving on a suspended license, and one had an outstanding arrest warrant.

On 2/27/16, the Traffic Unit utilized a “decoy” dressed in a bright colored “Wonder Woman” shirt, carrying a bright “Wonder Woman” purse to use a crosswalk along a busy section of Cochran Street. During a 2 hour period of time, 45 citations were issued to Simi Valley drivers who did not yield the right of way to her as a pedestrian. One driver, in fact was yelling at the decoy and honking the horn at the pedestrian as she drove through the crosswalk.

Each of these enforcement operations is designed to reduce the amount of collisions experienced in Simi Valley. Since 1/1/2015, more than 30 pedestrians have been injured by vehicles in collisions. The rate of collisions involving distracted drivers is on the rise.

In 2012, California witnessed 612 pedestrians killed statewide. Nationally, 4,743 pedestrians were killed. The Governors Highway Safety Association’s & National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2012 data reveals that California leads the nations bicycle and pedestrian deaths. The Simi Valley Police Department wants to lower our pedestrian collision rate.

The Police Department, although exempt from the cell phone law, has also given officers the ability to comply and police cars now have a hands free function.

Please remember the 4 D’s: Drunk; Drugged; Drowsy and Distracted. They are all equal problems on the roadway and together we can reduce injury and property damage by remaining sober; awake and alert.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Safety Administration.


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