- Drivers should be on the lookout for and yield the right-of-way to pedestrians.
- Drivers should slow down when in an area where pedestrians are likely to be.
- Never pass a car stopped for pedestrians. It is against the law and highly dangerous for those crossing the street.
- Pedestrians should cross at the corner, at crosswalks, or intersections wherever possible. This is where drivers expect to see pedestrians.
- Pedestrians should look both ways for traffic before crossing, make eye contact with the driver, and make certain cars are yielding before crossing. Having the right-of-way does not prevent you from being seriously injured by a driver who is not paying attention.
- Pedestrians should wear bright colored, reflective clothing and use a flashlight when walking during hours of darkness – be visible!
SAN DIEGO–As part of its ongoing efforts to improve pedestrian safety, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) recently conducted a pedestrian safety enforcement operation that focused on motorists and pedestrians who failed to yield the right-of-way or who take unsafe and illegal actions. Pedestrian safety is a key issue in our community, and the CHP is committed to upholding pedestrian safety laws to protect our citizens. On March 30, a pedestrian enforcement operation was conducted on La Jolla Village Dr. off-ramp from southbound Interstate 5, focusing on drivers and pedestrians who were violating right-of-way laws. As a result of this effort, 10 citations were issued, 2 warnings were issued, and an untold number of citizens were educated on the importance of pedestrian safety. The CHP strongly encourages members of the community to follow basic safe practices: