Woodside to be the scene of traffic enforcement blitz


San Mateo County sheriff's deputies will be out in force in Woodside on Wednesday (Sept. 4) watching for drivers who fail to obey traffic laws aimed at making the streets safer for pedestrians.

The one-day traffic enforcement campaign will concentrate on drivers who are speeding, making illegal turns and failing to yield to pedestrians, according to Detective Rosemerry Blankswade, the office's public information officer.

"It's going to be one day of concentrated traffic enforcement with increased patrols around schools," Blankswade said. "This is something that we'll be doing in other communities, not just in Woodside."

Deputies will focus on locations where pedestrian-involved collisions have occurred over the past two years along with the violations that led to those crashes, according to a department release.

They will also be keeping an eye out for pedestrians who cross the street illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way.

Pedestrian deaths are on the rise in California as more people are walking and biking; many pedestrians also use cellphones, text and listen to music while they are walking or driving, making them less aware of approaching motorists, according to the release.

Pedestrians should walk facing traffic; cross at crosswalks and intersections; obey signs and signals; make eye contract with drivers; wear bright clothing during the day and reflective materials at night; and look both ways before crossing the street, the release stated.

September has been chosen as "Pedestrian Safety Month" by the state Office of Traffic Safety and the theme of the OTS public awareness campaign is "Pedestrians Don't Have Armor."


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