Hemet, Ca. – The Hemet Police Department will conduct a Halloween pedestrian safety enforcement operation intended to educate drivers and pedestrians on traffic laws meant to keep them safe during the Halloween festivities that many take part in this time of year.
This week, officers will focus on the most dangerous driver behaviors that put the safety of pedestrians at risk. Special attention will be directed toward drivers failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, speeding, making illegal turns, not stopping for signs and signals, or any other traffic violation.
In California, pedestrian deaths account for more than 25% of all traffic deaths Between 2020 and 2021 in California, pedestrian deaths increased 9.4% and there were 125 bicyclists killed in 2021. In 2021, 388 pedestrians were killed in the United States – an average of 20 pedestrians a day.
The Hemet Police Department wants to remind drivers and pedestrians to watch out for Trick-or-Treaters and keep a watchful eye out for any Superheroes, Skeletons, or chickens crossing the road.
Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.