MLPD cite drivers in pedestrian safety operation

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PEDESTRIAN SAFETY OPERATION IN MAMMOTH

On Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30 the Mammoth Lakes Police Department conducted a pedestrian safety operation on Main Street as a result of numerous complaints received from the public about drivers not stopping for pedestrians in crosswalks.  Plain clothes employees and volunteers entered the crosswalks at the Post Office and Fire station after activating the pedestrian warning lights.  While the large majority of drivers yielded to the pedestrians, those that didn’t were cited or warned for California Vehicle Code section 21950(a) which requires a motorist to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk.  They were only stopped if they were close to the pedestrian in the crosswalk and posed a threat.

Two MLPD officers worked this detail on Friday and one MLPD officer and one CHP officer worked it on Saturday.  The operation lasted for approximately 6 hours over the two days and 16 people were cited and 13 were advised.

The officers were contacted by several passers-by who were aware of what was occurring who expressed appreciation for the efforts to improve pedestrian safety.

Police Chief Dan Watson said, “We did this as a result of many complaints officers and I have received about how dangerous it is to cross the street, especially Main Street.  Our hope is that drivers will be more aware and on the lookout for pedestrians in the roadway.  Most of our streets don’t have sidewalks and it’s even more important to be aware of pedestrians while driving in Mammoth.”

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Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
9 years ago

Trouble…What do you want to happen…For the tourists to come here thinking they can break the laws on their way to Mammoth Lakes ?…You should clean up some traffic accident scenes on HWY.395…well over 60% of them are tourists on their way to Mammoth….and usually the victims of THEIR accidents… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
9 years ago

What the hell, we’re already world famous for our speed traps. This ought to help bring more tourist.

Curious
Curious
9 years ago

Who received a citation and who received a warning? Wouldn’t a uniformed reserve officer standing at the crosswalk be just as effective educational tool? Some communities use crossing flags held by the pedestrian to bring attention to their intentions and stockpiled on each end of the crosswalk. Are we trying… Read more »

Big Rick OBrien
Big Rick OBrien
9 years ago
Reply to  Curious

Reserve officers are NOT crossing guards…

Curious
Curious
9 years ago

Reading comprehension is NOT one of your strengths?

Frank
Frank
9 years ago

If you can’t stop for pedestrians, whether in a crosswalk or not, you shouldn’t be driving. MLPD should continue pounding traffic violators until they get the message.

Big AL
Big AL
9 years ago

Recently I was in the Bay area, in Palo Alto, and a couple other cities, I saw some interesting pedestrian crosswalk treatments, that really grab your attention. There was a well defined transverse line at the pedestrian crossing with a row of recessed yellow lights in the pavement, that flashed… Read more »

Big AL
Big AL
9 years ago

A few years ago, I was driving through Bishop in my old flat bed Dodge P U, when I was southbound approaching the cross walk near Perry Motors, I was looking at the cross walk, I did not see anyone on either side, I then called my attention to something… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
9 years ago

I hope my posts didn’t give the impression that I think it’s all the fault of the pedestrian. It’s not all their fault. It’s a two sided issue. Drivers here drive too fast and are not courteous and pedestrians are often a little careless. Amber warning lights don’t have the… Read more »

J. Ritter
J. Ritter
9 years ago

Chief Watson, thank you for doing this and please don’t make it just a one-time thing. I was just leaving the post office and saw a mini van speed by a pedestrian and his dog in the middle of the crosswalk. The pedestrian had to stop in the middle of… Read more »

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
9 years ago
Reply to  J. Ritter

How can any half way rational human being dislike J Ritter’s comment? Amazing, and deeply troubling.

Unhappy Boomers
Unhappy Boomers
9 years ago

Desert Tortoise – There are many people (some make their way onto blogs like this) whose lives are so negative, and are so unhappy about … everything, that they’d give a “thumbs-down” to life itself. I hate to say this, but it’s becoming rare to see a smiling “boomer” nowadays.… Read more »

Big AL
Big AL
9 years ago

Big smiles for ya there unhappy boomer!

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
9 years ago

Ha!. One time I posted:
“The Sun rises in the East and sets in the West.”

And got half thumbs down. Figure that out….

Thumbs down to everything
Thumbs down to everything
9 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

Non-empirical studies show there is a direct correlation between older Americans who frequently listen to talk-radio programming and clinical depression. If you’ve ever taken the time to listen to these programs, you can clearly see why this is sadly true. Such unbridled negativity. Buckskin attorney and author Jerry Spence, says… Read more »

Big AL
Big AL
9 years ago

I think the same goes for people who always seem to harp on that same subject of talk radio programs. I don’t never listen to them .. most of them are crap .. no matter which way they lean, you’re right there Dr. I don’t know if any of them… Read more »

Big AL
Big AL
9 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

Just like now Ken I just gave ya a thumbs up .. you were behind 2 to 1 lol.

J. Ritter
J. Ritter
9 years ago
Reply to  J. Ritter

I should add that I just noticed one of the warning lights on the westbound crosswalk signals on Main St. by the post office is out, as well.

Joe
Joe
9 years ago

Pedestrian warning lights are needed in Bishop, especially at the crosswalk in front of Joseph’s and Union Bank. I’ve witnessed several near-misses over the past 3 years and I’m afraid it’s just a matter of time before someone gets it.

Tom O.
Tom O.
9 years ago

Awareness? hardly. More like common way to raise quick cash for a broke police dept. How about ticketing all the idiots that drive 50mph on Main St. on the way to the ski area? The two violations go hand in hand.

Pissed
Pissed
9 years ago
Reply to  Tom O.

Great, who picked the pre holiday dates when all the money spending tourists are in town.

Are you trying to drive them away

Police Stings!

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
9 years ago
Reply to  Pissed

Um, does anyone moderate some of the cyber names used here? Just asking …….

Big AL
Big AL
9 years ago

Yours included Tortoise?

Big AL
Big AL
9 years ago
Reply to  Tom O.

Umm Tom .. The money brought in for these types of police activities does not go to the police department directly. It goes into the local govts. first. These things do bring awareness for locals to some degree, and not really to the visitors so much. The awareness is only… Read more »

John
John
9 years ago

Thanks Chief,
I use those crosswalks and have also seen a lot of near misses. The key to using them safely is to keep your eyes open and be ready to run like hell. Keep up the good work.

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
9 years ago

School busses with flashing red lights are another place motorists are required to stop to allow the kids to cross. The busses even have a little stop sign with a flashing rad light that swings out from the left side telling you to stop. I have had occasions where I… Read more »

Big AL
Big AL
9 years ago

You’re right Tortoise .. impatient drivers!

Big Rick OBrien
Big Rick OBrien
9 years ago

In Laguna Beach, the PD does this every year at Christmas time with an officer dressed in a bright red Santa suit and the people STILL almost run him down…

salblaster
salblaster
9 years ago

where else can you post a ? and get a response from the chief of police, I love this web site. great job benett kessler. I’ve also noticed those radar speed display signs that tell your own speed slow traffic down as good as if a cop car were sitting… Read more »

cl
cl
9 years ago

Good thing to do. I wonder if it really has any lasting effects though. Agree on the stop.light comment . The Village would be aother good spot. The girl that was helping could be spotted a mile away as an “pedestrian actress” a little less grinning at the cops parked… Read more »

EK
EK
9 years ago

I am glad the police are finally doing something.
What I do not get is why there is no pedestrian “Walk” sign that they can see. You just cannot see that it is ok to start walking, nor are you aware the light is timing out.

Go figure.

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
9 years ago
Reply to  EK

I’ve thought the same thing and also wondered about it. The only indicator is a couple of LEDs on the button poste. Easy to miss. And no real connection to the lights which sometimes don’t work.

Sierra Lady
Sierra Lady
9 years ago

Wish you all were there to cite the near-miss I had this past Friday afternoon. I was driving to the P.O. heading west on Main Street signaling to make my right turn there. I observed a man carrying his little girl crossing in the crosswalk (he had not activated the… Read more »

Spacey visitor pedestrians
Spacey visitor pedestrians
9 years ago
Reply to  Sierra Lady

At some intersections when making a right, you become paranoid when some of our visitors (who can get a bit spacey) jump the gun and don’t wait for the crossing sign and figuring you are a nice guy, can see them, and out of courtesy, let them cross against the… Read more »

Main & Minaret Mess
Main & Minaret Mess
9 years ago
Reply to  Sierra Lady

Ever been around Main & Minaret during a Jazz Festival or Bluesapallooza?
People drinking and trying to negotiate crosswalks while cars turning love to cut corners.
An accident waiting to happen.

John P.
John P.
9 years ago

Far too often pedestrians in our communities abuse the crosswalks and think that paint will stop a car from running them over. However, I often see pedestrians dart out in front of cars that have very little chance of stopping in time due to physics. Chief Watson, have you thought… Read more »

Dan Watson
Dan Watson
9 years ago
Reply to  John P.

I’m well aware of subsection b which requires the pedestrian to use due care. The pedestrians, and I was one of them on Friday, are advised not to step off in front a a car without giving adequate time for the driver to stop. The pedestrians stepped off the curb… Read more »

Piper
Piper
9 years ago
Reply to  Dan Watson

I will say that I appreciate Chief Watson responding to posts on this website. If the MPD has the time to conduct these types of stings, then apparently the really didn’t suffer too badly from the cuts imposed by the Town council. It appears that the Department is right sized.

Shell game
Shell game
9 years ago
Reply to  Piper

Piper – Are you really MMM in disguise? You remember MMM. She’s the person who convinced the Town Council to give Dave Wilbrecht to boot because she is the person to turn the town’s economy around by hiring an expensive “economic genius” (I thought SHE was that “genius” ?) What’s… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
9 years ago
Reply to  Dan Watson

Chief Watson- I do admire your response here and your actions may well bring attention to what is truly a problem. How about asking the city council to get off their butts and address this issue? They might listen to you.

Lower the speed limit
Lower the speed limit
9 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Lower the speed limit to 25 for the entire town (we locals are used to it) ticket the crap out of the Down-Southers (who freak out going that slow).

sierragrl
sierragrl
9 years ago
Reply to  Dan Watson

If they really wanted to do a sting, they need only have people cross at unmarked crosswalks. Vehicles have the same obligation to stop for pedestrians regardless of markings. At Sierra Street where Angels is, its a legal crosswalk, but its hard to get cars to stop for you since… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
9 years ago
Reply to  Dan Watson

Back in 1964,when I was 10 years old,on a trip to Santa Monica to visit my Grandparents,a vehicle stopped at a cross-walk for a pedestrian,we were behind that vehicle…another car in the other lane kept going,without stopping,hit the pedestrian and killed him…49 years ago,and still can see it like it… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
9 years ago
Reply to  John P.

How does someone “abuse” a crosswalk ?

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
9 years ago

….Wish they’d do the same thing on HWY. 395 in downtown Lone Pine…

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
9 years ago

Both places need a stop light. Those are busy intersections. Why CalTrans won’t install stop lights is a mystery to me. The blinking caution lights are barely visible sometimes and pedestrians can be hard to see or predict. Sometimes they just dart out into traffic. It’s a just another mess… Read more »

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
9 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

Why? Too hard to pay attention for pedestrians and yield when they wish to cross the road?

Trouble
Trouble
9 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

Well said Ken, fix the real problem, instead of making the insurance companies wealthier.

An Observation
An Observation
9 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Trouble – I respectfully can’t help but notice how often your bitching sessions focus on so-and-so making too much money… and how such-and-such government employees makes too much money… and how company XYZ is making too much money… Just curious. Have you not lived within your means? Have you not… Read more »

Big AL
Big AL
9 years ago
Reply to  An Observation

You’re wrong Observation, in this case.

Trouble
Trouble
9 years ago

Talk about being set up for a fall. Cheap trick in my book.

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
9 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Common practice by many police departments to raise awareness of pedestrians. Motorists sometimes do not remember there are crosswalks
and people who want to use them.
BK

Trouble
Trouble
9 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

Boy Scouts with a ticket book!

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
9 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

So, I guess your first and middle name is Trouble!

BK

Trouble
Trouble
9 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

My first name is Double.

Big AL
Big AL
9 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

LOL Trouble I was guna say Double Trouble .. hehe

Teaparty Tom
Teaparty Tom
9 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Atta boy, Trouble.
Always question authority.
Real Americans do.
We’re sick and tired of being told what to do.
Why should my tax dollars pay for cops’ salaries?

Trouble
Trouble
9 years ago
Reply to  Teaparty Tom

The only thing authority offered my generation was a free ticket to Vietnam.

Tiredofthenonsense
Tiredofthenonsense
9 years ago
Reply to  Teaparty Tom

Dear idiot, Please- when you are in trouble, get in an accident have something stolen, etc… Do not for whatever reason call the Police Officers you so negatively speak about. Do not allow them to waste their time on someone as ridiculous as you. You are tired of being told… Read more »

Reality Check
Reality Check
9 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

What would be your solution to this ongoing problem Trouble?

Trouble
Trouble
9 years ago
Reply to  Reality Check

Put up better signs and lights. It’s not like these people are trying to get hit or hit someone. Otherwise they’ll be doing these same silly stings next year. I bet they have better things to do. At least I hope so.

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
9 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Price a traffic signal sometime. They are emphatically not inexpensive things to erect.

Reality Check
Reality Check
9 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

It is out of the control of the town. This is a state highway. CalTrans has already said they would not allow a stop light.

Big AL
Big AL
9 years ago
Reply to  Reality Check

It still belongs to the state but the town has taken over a lot of items of concern, they eventually will have full control of the highway, making it a town road, when the state relinquishes it to them. I wonder how the town will be able to handle that?

Big AL
Big AL
9 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Trouble … pedestrian signs and crosswalks have improved very much in the last 10 years or so. You were on the right track .. with your comment about these people are not like trying to get hit or hot someone. The key is awareness on the drivers part and the… Read more »