Eyes up, phones down!
Over the next several weeks, our traffic teams, with assistance by patrol units, will be conducting traffic enforcement in and around schools and the downtown area to ensure drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians are all staying safe out on Mountain View roads.
Specifically, our officers will be looking to make sure drivers are not speeding, not making illegal turns, and not using their phones while they are driving. They will also be looking to ensure drivers are yielding to pedestrians and/ or bicyclists in a crosswalk, stopping at stop signs, stopping at red lights, and more. Commute hours will be a major focus for our officers.
Our officers will also be making sure pedestrians and bicyclists are not crossing when there is oncoming traffic, ensuring bicyclists stop at red lights and stop signs, and riding on the correct side of the road. Remember, please ride with the flow of traffic!
“Whether you are on foot, behind the wheel or on a bike, you play a part in roadway safety,” Sgt. Bryan Albarillo said. “Understanding the rules of the road using all modes of transportation helps ensure we all get to our destination safely.”
Just to refresh, people walking should only cross the street using crosswalks or intersections, preferably with a stop sign or signal. People on foot should also look for cars backing up and avoid darting between parked cars, make eye contact with drivers and wear bright clothing during the day and reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.
Drivers, you should always wait for pedestrians to cross the street, do not use your cell phone while your car is in use, and, always, be courteous and patient. All bike riders are reminded to always wear a helmet; helmets are required by law for those under 18. Bicyclists must travel in the same direction of traffic and have the same requirements as any slow moving vehicle.
Funding for these efforts has been helped in large part by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.