Undercover police officers in North Hollywood issued citations to many drivers and pedestrians recently as part of a sting operation targeting unsafe crosswalk behavior, following a fatal accident that claimed the life of an elderly pedestrian.
The police stopped 60 people, giving warnings to 24 pedestrians and motorists and ticketing 36 others for jaywalking or failing to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk. Plainclothes police officers posed as pedestrians as part of the undercover operation, and drivers who didn’t stop for them were issued traffic citations. The police ticketed fourteen pedestrians for crossing the street illegally.
Twenty-seven of the 56 fatal auto accidents that took place in San Fernando Valley involved pedestrians, and an increasing number of elderly pedestrians are killed in collisions every year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of pedestrians killed in traffic each year continues to increase, even as the number of overall deaths decreases. Five pedestrians have been killed in traffic accidents in San Fernando Valley so far this year.
Police conducted sting operations at the intersections of Lankershim Boulevard and Campo de Cahuenga and Ventura Boulevard and Arch Drive.
As a Los Angeles car accident lawyer, I want our streets to be safer for motorists and pedestrians alike, but if you or someone you love has been injured in an auto accident, please consider contacting a Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney.