2/27/2013 Press Release POLICE DEPARTMENT
Pursuant to CA Gov’t Code Sect 6254 (F)

Community Action & Information Unit
Saul Jaeger, Sergeant
Public Information Officer
1000 Villa Street, Mountain View, CA 94041
Ph. (650) 903-6345

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MEDIA RELEASE trf
Subject :


Traffic Collision
Contact : Sean Thompson

650-740-6411
policepio@mountainview.gov

On 02/26/13 at approximately 7:48am, a vehicle struck a pedestrian in the crosswalk in the 200 block of S. Shoreline Blvd.  The pedestrian, a 17 year old male from San Jose, was crossing Shoreline Blvd., in the crosswalk, walking toward The Mountain View Academy when he was struck by a vehicle traveling southbound on S. Shoreline Blvd. The pedestrian suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital.  Preliminary investigation reveals the driver was at fault for failure to yield to a pedestrian in the crosswalk.  The driver of the vehicle was not believed to be under the influence of alcohol and excessive speed was not an issue.

The Mountain View Police Department is seeking the public's assistance and is asking that anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact the Mountain View Police Department.  Investigators can be reached at 650-903-6344.

MVPD has conducted pedestrian decoy operations around the city in an attempt to cut down on motorists failing to stop for pedestrians at crosswalks and intersections. Under California law, motorists are required to yield the right of way to pedestrians in a crosswalk, however, many roll right through them creating a dangerous situation.

Pedestrian safety is a serious issue.  The California Drivers Handbook says the following about pedestrians and crosswalks:

In California, pedestrian deaths occur in approximately 19 percent of all traffic fatalities. Drive cautiously when pedestrians are near because they may suddenly cross your path.

Pedestrians may be at risk walking near hybrid and electric vehicles because these vehicles are virtually silent while operating. Use extra caution when driving near pedestrians.

  • Respect the right-of-way of pedestrians. Always stop for any pedestrian crossing at corners or other crosswalks, even if the crosswalk is in the middle of the block, at corners with or without traffic lights, whether or not the crosswalks are marked by painted lines.
  • Do not pass a vehicle that has stopped at a crosswalk. A pedestrian you cannot see may be crossing the street. Stop, then proceed when all pedestrians have crossed the street.
  • Do not drive on a sidewalk, except to cross it to enter or exit a driveway or alley. When crossing, yield to all pedestrians.
  • Do not stop in a crosswalk. You will place pedestrians in danger.
  • Remember, if a pedestrian makes eye contact with you, he or she is ready to cross the street. Yield to the pedestrian.
  • Allow older pedestrians, disabled pedestrians and pedestrians with young children sufficient time to cross the street.
·         A crosswalk is the part of the roadway set aside for pedestrian traffic. Most intersections have a pedestrian crosswalk whether or not lines are painted on the street. Most crosswalks are located at corners, but they can also be located in the middle of the block. Before turning a corner, watch for people about to cross the street. Pedestrians have the right-of-way in marked or unmarked crosswalks.

·         Crosswalks are often marked with white lines. Yellow crosswalk lines may be painted at school crossings. Most often, crosswalks in residential areas are not marked.

·         Some crosswalks have flashing lights to warn you that pedestrians may be crossing. Look for pedestrians and be prepared to stop, whether or not the lights are flashing.

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