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CHP officers educate Orcutt residents on pedestrian and driver safety

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ORCUTT, Calif. - California Highway Patrol held a pedestrian enforcement operation in Orcutt on Saturday to help improve safety for both drivers and passersby.

CHP Officers focused on educating both motorists and pedestrians who failed to yield to right-of-way or those who made unsafe or illegal actions while traveling.

CHP said during Saturday's enforcement operation, a total of 15 enforcement documents were issued and 13 written warnings were handed out.

Officers said an uncountable number of residents were educated on proper road safety.

CHP urges drivers to follow these safe practices while traveling down roadways in order to prevent injury to pedestrians:

  • Drivers should always be on the lookout for and yielding to right-of-way pedestrians.
  • Drivers should slow down in an area where pedestrians are likely to be.
  • Drivers should never pass a car that has stopped for pedestrians - this is both illegal and highly dangerous for anyone crossing the street.

CHP urges pedestrians to also follow a set of rules for the safety of themselves and drivers:

  • Pedestrians should cross at the street corner, crosswalks or intersections whenever possible so that drivers are prepared.
  • Pedestrians should always look both ways, make eye contact with a driver and make sure cars are yielding to them before crossing a road.

As a reminder to pedestrians, having right-of-way will not prevent you from being seriously injured by a driver who was not paying close attention or was caught off guard.

Santa Maria - North County / Traffic

Jessica Brest

Jessica Brest is a digital journalist and assignment editor at KEYT | KCOY | KKFX.

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