San Luis Obispo, CA- San Luis Obispo is becoming more dangerous for pedestrians and bicyclists. Local police say they have noticed a steep rise pedestrian and bicycle versus auto crashes in the city this year, leading police to step up enforcement of state and city traffic laws.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Crashes on the Rise in San Luis Obispo
In late September, an unidentified man was attempting to cross the intersection at Osos and Pismo streets around 10:15 p.m. KSBY News reports that a man was crossing the street when he was struck by an oncoming vehicle and was critically injured. Police told the TV station that the man crossed against the red light.
The driver who struck the man told the police she did not see him, KSBY News reports. The driver was not impaired when the crash occurred.
In the wake of that crash, San Luis Obispo police stepped up enforcement of traffic laws to prevent devastating collisions between motorists and in the past year, especially in the downtown area.
According to KSBY News, in the past three years, there were 237 crashes between motorists and pedestrians, which averages out to one crash every two months. But in the last six months police have investigated two such collisions each month.
The increase in collisions is attributed to pedestrians and cyclist who ignore traffic laws. They are stopping and, in some cases, ticketing motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians who violate traffic laws. Some of the common infractions include entering a crosswalk too late, crossing without a walk signal and distracted drivers.
There is a misconception that pedestrians have the right of way no matter what, but there are some situations in which pedestrians or cyclists are in the wrong. California Vehicle Code §21950 states: “The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.”
Pedestrians and bicyclists must also obey traffic laws and do not have the right of way in all situations, including:
Crossing the street in the middle of the block outside a crosswalk
Crossing the street against a red light
When a bicyclist is traveling in the wrong direction
Even under the above circumstances, California law requires motorists to “exercise all due care and shall reduce the speed of the vehicle or take any other action relating to the operation of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian.”
Pedestrians and cyclists should never assume motorists are going to yield the right of way and should cross all streets with caution. Otherwise, some liability for a collision might rest on their shoulders and result in a reduced accident settlement.
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