Police Make 86 Traffic Stops on Drivers and Pedestrians—Minus Citations—As Part of Education Operation

walklongbeachLong Beach police officials announced a successful pedestrian safety and education operation that was conducted Wednesday in areas with a high volume of pedestrian traffic.

According to a press release, 86 traffic stops were conducted on drivers and pedestrians who violated the city’s vehicle code. However, citations were not issued.

Instead, officers explained to people how they violated the law and provided a leaflet on pedestrian traffic safety, the release stated.

“Many citizens are unaware of the laws regarding pedestrians in the roadway,” said Lieutenant Kris Klein, who is assigned to the Long Beach Police Department’s Traffic Section in a statement. “This operation was designed as an educational tool, and the leaflets were a great way to visually get the message out to the public.”

The postcard-size leaflets were a result of a partnership between the LBPD and Walk Long Beach—which is a collaboration between community organizations and local government to promote walking in the city by making it more walkable for residents, workers, students and visitors, the release added.

Funding for the program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Photo courtesy of the Long Beach Police Department.

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Stephanie Rivera is the immigration and diversity reporter for the Long Beach Post. Growing up as one of six kids in the working-class immigrant suburb of South Gate, she was taught the importance of civic engagement and to show compassion for others. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015. An avid Harry Potter fan, Stephanie now lives in Bixby Knolls with her boyfriend and their bearded dragon, Austin.