CHP launches effort promoting bicycle, pedestrian safety

Published: Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011 - 12:24 pm

The California Highway Patrol has launched a 10-month campaign to promote pedestrian and bicycle safety in north Sacramento County.

As part of the grant-funded Traffic Safety Corridor project, officers will conduct a public awareness campaign in schools throughout the area as well as increased enforcement efforts to increase safety, according to a CHP news release.

"Pedestrian and bicyclist safety is about educating the motorists as much as it is about informing those who travel by foot or by bike," Capt. Tracy Sturges, commander of the CHP's North Sacramento Area office, said in a written statement.

Department personnel analyzed three separate 10-month periods over three years, 2007-2009, and found that on average, 10 pedestrians were killed and 96 others were injured in collisions in the North Sacramento Area office's jurisdiction.

They also found that during the same three 10-month periods, an average of one bicyclist was killed and 129 cyclists were injured in collisions.

The project is funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and will run through Sept. 30, 2012.

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