Fresno Police work to protect roads and educate residents on cyclist and pedestrian safety
FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE) – Police in Fresno have worked to make streets safer for cars and pedestrians on the roads.
A bicycle and pedestrian safety operation began at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and continued until midnight. Police said they would give quotes, but also wanted to educate the public on how to prevent these types of crashes.
“We know we’re not going to reduce these road crashes just by issuing tickets to people, so we want to make sure we increase communication and let the public know what they can do to prevent road crashes,” said the sergeant. Diana Trueba-Vega of the Fresno Police Department said.
Police have been able to scale up patrol operations, reducing traffic accidents and fatalities, thanks to grants from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Police said last year nearly 180 pedestrians and cyclists were injured in the streets and 35 people were killed.
âSo of course we want to make sure that through these operations we reduce those numbers if possible,â Trueba-Vega said.
Police are looking for drivers who speed up, use their phones and don’t stop for pedestrians crossing the street. But they’re also looking at the people who share the roads, asking anyone who walks or rides a bike to make smart choices.
“[We ask] you don’t cross between vehicles, if you use the road you use a crosswalk, you use bright colors when you walk around, especially when it’s dark and use a flashlight if possible, âTrueba- says Vega.
A week ago, in a similar operation, around 25 drivers were cited, along with 15 cyclists and 10 pedestrians.
Police said their goal was to make it safe for people to exercise and enjoy the outdoors.
The operation is part of an ongoing effort to make the streets safer. Police said they would continue to launch them regularly.