Hayward, Calif., Sept. 8, 2020—September is Pedestrian Safety Month and the Hayward Police Department will join law enforcement agencies across the state to educate the public on how to be safe when walking or driving.
While the COVID-19 pandemic and wildfire emergencies have had an impact on Californians, the safety of pedestrians remains a cause for concern.
Since 2009, the number of pedestrians killed or injured on California roads has increased dramatically, accounting for nearly 25% of all roadway deaths. A report released earlier this year by the Governors Highway Association (GHSA) projected that pedestrian deaths in 2019 reached the highest point in more than 30 years.
“More people are out walking, exercising and doing what they can to spend a little time outdoors after spending so much time inside staying at home,” Sgt. G. Wagner said. “Looking out for one another is the least we can do during these difficult times.”
For the safety of everyone walking or driving, the Hayward Police Department will have additional officers on patrol throughout the month of September specifically looking for violations made by drivers and pedestrians that make roads unsafe.
These violations include speeding, illegal turns, failure to yield, not stopping for signs or signals, and pedestrians who do not cross in marked crosswalks or designated crossing areas.
The Hayward Police Department offers steps drivers and pedestrians can take to be safe:
Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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