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CHP to establish a pedestrian and bicyclist safety and enforcement project

Posted: October 22, 2013 9:30 a.m.
Updated: October 22, 2013 9:30 a.m.

To enhance its current traffic safety efforts, the CHP has received a federal grant to establish a pedestrian and bicyclist safety and enforcement project. Throughout the next year, the “California Pedestrian and Bicyclist Enforcement and Education Project,” will work to reduce the number of pedestrians and bicyclists killed and injured locally every year in collisions. The CHP Southern Division region comprises the communities and roadways in Los Angeles County.

The CHP will work with local law enforcement agencies and community members to increase our traffic safety partnerships related to pedestrian and bicyclist safety and develop and implement a public awareness campaign. The campaign will include, ‘Share the Road’ messages for everyone to be aware of their responsibilities and tolerant of each other while using the roadways.

The CHP will be providing traffic safety information to the public about pedestrian and bicyclist safety. There will be an emphasis on safe motorist behavior when driving near bicyclists and pedestrians on the road. “Our goal is to save lives and raise awareness through education and enforcement,” said CHP Southern Division Chief, Dan Bower.

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

According to the CHP’s Statewide Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 656 pedestrians and 140 bicyclists were killed in collisions statewide in 2011.  Statistics show another 12,691 pedestrians were injured in crashes, along with 13,606 bicyclists. 

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