SPD conducts crosswalk safety enforcement

The Susanville Police Department conducted a traffic safety enforcement operation on Wednesday, Aug. 31 targeting drivers failing to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk. Officers issued 15 traffic citations and conducted more than 26 traffic stops. The SPD focused on the most dangerous driver behaviors such as speeding, distracted drivers, along with failure to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.

SPD encourages everyone operating a motor vehicle to be observant and respectful to pedestrians who are attempting to utilize our city crosswalks in order for them to safely cross the roadway.

The SPD suggests the following safety tips for drivers and pedestrians:

  • Slow down and follow the speed limit. Be careful traveling through intersections.
  • Look carefully for pedestrians when approaching crosswalks.
  • Be patient when traveling and allow the pedestrian to cross safely, as they have the right of way.
  • Never drive distracted or impaired.
  • Pedestrians, please use crosswalks to ensure safety and always look both ways before crossing.
  • Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.