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Milpitas Police Sting Enforces Crosswalk Laws, Pedestrian Safety

By Kelly Balamuth on October 6, 2011

The rules regarding pedestrian cross walks are commonly misunderstood by drivers. Section 21950 (a) of the California Vehicle Code states: “a 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.” The code also provides in section 21951(a) that all other vehicles approaching a car stopped at a designated or non designated cross walk must stop as well, and never pass the vehicle yielding to pedestrians.

In response to the dangers presented by this issue and to the numerous pedestrian deaths resulting from crosswalk violations in Northern California this year, a Traffic Safety Unit in the town of Milpitas conducted a police sting to combat the problem and heighten awareness. The sting was conducted in two regions that have distinctly signed crosswalks in the road. The officer who was posing as a pedestrian for the sting was clothed in a bright shirt, according to The Mercury News, and always crossed a liberal distance from approaching vehicles to ensure adequate reaction time.

A whopping total of 55 tickets were given out for violations during the initiative, which was carried out at a morning and an afternoon location (the afternoon spot was in close proximity to a school). Have you or a family member been injured as a pedestrian by a vehicle in an accident you believe resulted from negligent or reckless behavior? Contact the Northern California pedestrian accident lawyers with Balamuth Harrington at 1-888-254-1234 for a complimentary case consultation.

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