Traffic officers in the San Fernando Valley are targeting both pedestrians and drivers in a crackdown on dangerous practices that have led to the deaths of 20 pedestrians in the Valley this year.That's up 18 percent to date from last year.
According to the Valley Traffic Division of the LAPD, The total number of all auto accidents involving pedestrians in the area is up 4 percent year to date.
"We want to slow that trend for the rest of the year," said Sgt. Stephen Egan. "We want people to slow down and be careful."
Originally it was planned to have every officer in the division on the street from the division 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. looking for traffic violations that could endanger pedestrians.
That plan got scaled down a bit because of the arrival of Wednesday's storm, but between routine traffic calls, officers will focus on increased stops for driving violations,
One of the things they are focusing on is drivers who roll through intersections as pedestrians were walking through. But pedestrians will be targeted ,too. Walkers will get ticketed for jaywalking and failing to follow traffic signals.
"We want pedestrians to be safe and stay out of the roadway," Egan said. "They're always going to lose if it's them versus a car."