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News Release

Monday, November 14, 2011

Media Relations

Enforcement and Pedestrian Traffic Safety Tips News Conference

WHAT:    
News conference to announce LAPD traffic enforcement initiatives directed to motorist who fail to yield to pedestrians. Also, recommendations on over all shopping safety will be provided.

• A plain clothes officer will be crossing the street to ensure motorists yield the right of way to pedestrians. Motorists who fail to yield to pedestrians will be cited.

WHEN:    
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
10 a.m.

WHERE:        
11051 Victory Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA 91606
(Northeast corner of Victory Boulevard and Vicland Place)  

WHO:          
Councilmember Paul Krekorian, Council District 2
Commander James H. Cansler, Assistant Commanding Officer, Operations-Valley Bureau
Acting Chief Jeff Eley, City of San Fernando Police Department
Captain Ivan Minsal, Commanding Officer, Valley Traffic Division
Captain Peter Whittingham, Patrol Commanding Officer, North Hollywood Area
Detective William Bustos, Officer-in-Charge Valley Traffic Division Detectives

WHY:             
In an effort to increase pedestrian safety in our City streets police officers will aggressively enforce the State’s pedestrian safety laws, especially laws requiring drivers to yield to pedestrian within crosswalks.

The State of California has a right-of-way law for pedestrians within crosswalks, either marked or unmarked, which requires drivers to yield to pedestrians and exercise due care for their safety. If stopped and found in violation, officers will issue citations to drivers.
 
The Los Angeles Police Department wants to remind motorists and pedestrians to be extra cautious when driving or walking across the street at all times, especially during the Thanksgiving weekend and throughout the holiday season.  
                        
For more information, please contact Media Relations at 213-486-5910, or Detective Bustos at 818-644-8021 or cell 213-841-9060.