Grant provides money to CHP to raise awareness about bike safety – Redheaded Blackbelt
California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) Press Release:
To help fund the California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) year-long effort to promote cyclist and pedestrian safety, the department received the award California Pedestrian and Cyclist Application and Education Project IX to agree. Effective October 1, 2021, this grant enables officers to conduct enhanced enforcement patrols and public awareness campaigns statewide.
“It is important that motorists scan every intersection for pedestrians and cyclists before entering, and this is especially important during hours of darkness,” said CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray. “Pedestrian and bicycle fatalities account for nearly a third of all traffic-related deaths each year in California, the vast majority occurring at night.”
In 2019 and 2020 combined, 7,594 people were killed in crashes across California, with pedestrians and cyclists accounting for 2,354 of those fatalities.
October is National Pedestrian Safety Month, and on National Walk to School Day on October 6, 2021, CHP will focus its education and law enforcement efforts in locations where the number of pedestrian and cyclist accidents is high. Plainclothes officers will work with uniformed officers to monitor crosswalks and areas surrounding schools for motorists who do not give way or who drive in dangerous and illegal ways.
The educational component of the grant funds road safety training courses and skills as well as informative presentations related to road safety behaviors for high-risk populations, including older community members and young people. The grant also supports the distribution of safety equipment such as bicycle helmets and reflective gear.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The mission of the CHP is to provide the highest level of safety, service and security.