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Laguna Beach Police Cite 40 Drivers for Not Respecting Pedestrians

They were out in force on Wednesday.

A crosswalk in Laguna Beach must be respected when pedestrians are using it, Laguna Beach police say. Patch file photo.
A crosswalk in Laguna Beach must be respected when pedestrians are using it, Laguna Beach police say. Patch file photo.
Pedestrians have the right-of-way. Apparently, drivers in Laguna Beach need to learn that lesson.

Over and over again. 

So the way some cities (including Laguna Beach) like to beef up patrols to look for impaired drivers, Laguna Beach Police Department from time to time likes to catch motorists who don't respect pedestrians in crosswalks.

Like they did Wednesday. Forty of them.

"Forty citations were issued for crosswalk right-of-way violations, and for passing cars stopped for pedestrians in crosswalks. One written warning and four verbal warnings were also issued," says a Laguna Beach. 

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Laguna Beach police -- with assistance from Irvine officers -- focused their attention on a number of North and South Coast Highway crosswalks, and a couple on Glenneyre Street too.
 
"The Laguna Beach Police Department will be conducting additional crosswalk details during the year in our ongoing effort to keep our roadways safe," the press release states. 
 
For further information, please contact: Lieutenant Jeff Calvert at 949-464-6655, or jcalvert@lagunabeach.net
Barbara McMurray April 24, 2014 at 06:51 PM
Go, LBPD! This could save a life. I see so many near-misses when sitting at Heidelberg Cafe at Brooks and Coast Highway. Scarier still is the crosswalk at Calliope by the Surf & Sand Hotel. Pedestrians beware!
focusfinance April 24, 2014 at 10:12 PM
That Calliope crosswalk is one of the worst -
Victoria Templeton April 25, 2014 at 09:45 AM
The crosswalk at Tablerock and PCh is one of the most dangerous as there have been deaths there from pedestrians being hit. Glad the police are bringing an awareness to motorists. Still pedestrian s need to be careful too . I've seen them just jump off the curb with entitlement,not use the lights, and act as if a huge traveling machine will see them and stop. Tablerock is a blind spot on one side and the flashing lights aren't visible during day. So take care and don't expect that the cars can see you as well.still wayntoo many drivers fly by that spot so hurray to the police,
Karla May 10, 2014 at 10:01 AM
In the downtown area, it's the pedestrians who are the rude ones. There are so many tourists there, and most of them could care less that there are cars waiting to move as they step into the crosswalks. Maybe pedestrian signals could be installed, and the police could cite people who cross on a "red hand." Pedestrians are the major cause of automobile traffic congestion downtown.

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