FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 2015
PEDESTRIAN SAFETY OPERATION A SUCCESS
The Long Beach Police Department conducted a pedestrian safety and education operation on Wednesday, September 16, 2015, from 7:00 am to 12:00 pm. Officers assigned to the Department’s Traffic Section deployed in areas with a high volume of pedestrian traffic. Officers conducted eighty-six (86) traffic stops on both drivers and pedestrians who violated the vehicle code. Instead of issuing citations, officers explained to people how they violated the law and provided a leaflet on pedestrian traffic safety.
The postcard size leaflets were the result of a partnership between WalkLongBeach.org and the Long Beach Police Department. “Many citizens are unaware of the laws regarding pedestrians in the roadway,” said Lieutenant Kris Klein who is assigned to the Long Beach Police Department’s Traffic Section. “This operation was designed as an educational tool, and the leaflets were a great way to visually get the message out to the public”
Walk Long Beach is a collaboration between community organizations and local government agencies to promote walking in Long Beach by making it more walkable for residents, workers, students and visitors, one step at a time. The expansive program includes promoting pedestrian safety, stakeholder training, walk auditing, promoting walking clubs and tourism throughout the city with specific focus on supporting disadvantaged communities. Walk Long Beach educates residents and stakeholders on how the character of their physical environment affects their ability and willingness to walk in their community.
Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.