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Newport Beach Police Department
Wednesday January 16th, 2019 :: 12:19 p.m. PST


Press Release - Newport Beach Police Department Reminds Drivers "Pedestrians Don't Wear Armor"

The Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) remains committed to educating drivers and pedestrians about safe roadway habits. The message is simple, but powerful: regardless of whether someone is on foot or behind the wheel, everyone must do their part to look out for one another because pedestrians are no match for a vehicle.
The number of pedestrians killed on California roadways continues to rise at an alarming rate. In 2016, 867 pedestrians died, a nearly 33 percent increase from 2012. More than 14,000 pedestrians were injured. "At some point, we are all pedestrians. Let’s take a step back from the hustle and bustle in our lives and start looking out for one another, both in the car and outside of it,” said California Office of Traffic Safety Director Rhonda Craft.
During the month of January 2019, the NBPD will conduct high-visibility enforcement related to vehicle and pedestrian violations. To ensure we all get where we need to go safely, the NBPD and OTS offer the following tips for pedestrians and drivers:

  • Before making a turn, make sure the path is clear. Let pedestrians with the right of way safely cross intersections before turning.
  • Avoid distractions. Look at your surroundings, not your phone.
  • Be careful backing up. Look for pedestrians who may be walking behind the vehicle.
  • Obey posted speed limits.
  • Use crosswalks or intersections only, preferably with stop sign or signal.
  • Make eye contact with drivers.
  • Avoid wearing ear buds or using your phone.
  • Don't dart out between parked cars. Look for cars backing up.
  • Look left-right-left before you step into the crosswalk: a green light or “WALK” signal does not indicate it is safe to cross.
  • Walk facing traffic.
  • Wear bright clothes during the day and reflective material (or use a flashlight) at night.

Newport Beach Police Department
870 Santa Barbara Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Emergency: 9-1-1

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