Signal Hill police schedule crackdown to protect pedestrians, bicyclists

Signal Hill police will be on the lookout next month for bicyclists, pedestrians and drivers who don’t obey traffic laws.

Using state grant money, the department is running the safety campaign through May.

On three particular days, May 1, May 10 and May 30, “officers will be looking for violations made by bicyclists, drivers and pedestrians that put roadway users at risk,” the department announced.

Police said those violations include things like pedestrians illegally crossing the street, cars failing to yield to people in crosswalks and bicyclists riding on the wrong side of the road or ignoring stop signs.

Fatal crashes involving pedestrians were on the rise statewide in recent years, according to Signal Hill police. Over the last five years, the number of bicyclists killed in crashes across the state were up nearly 25 percent, they said.

Last year, Signal Hill saw only one fatal crash involving a pedestrian or bicyclist, but there were 22 such crashes where someone was hurt, police said.

“Whether you are on foot, behind the wheel or on a bike, you play a part in roadway safety,” Signal Hill Police Chief Christopher Nunley said in a statement. “Understanding the rules of the road using all modes of transportation helps ensure we all get to our destination safely.”

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