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Sacramento police target pedestrians in Friday night safety campaign

Sacramento police will conduct a pedestrian safety operation, “Wait for the WALK”, tonight in the midtown area as part of an effort to reduce pedestrian-related vehicle collisions.

From 8:30 to 11:30 p.m., police officers and police volunteers, as well as Sacramento Regional Law Enforcement Chaplains, will be on foot in the area of J and K streets, between 10th and 28th streets, to educate the public about pedestrian safety, according to a Police Department news release. They will provide safety fliers regarding pedestrian laws and hazards.

The purpose of the operation, police said, is to reinforce good pedestrian safety routines and answer questions from the public.

They cited information from the state Office of Traffic Safety showing that of the 13 largest cities in California, Sacramento currently ranks eighth in total fatal and injury pedestrian collisions.

Pedestrian-related collisions can be avoided if people remember to use the sidewalks, cross at crosswalks and wait for the “WALK” signal, police said.

The pedestrian safety operation is funded in part by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.