El Cerrito police focus on pedestrian safety

October 19, 2008 12:26:19 PM PDT
El Cerrito police will be out in force Monday morning looking for drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks.

In California, drivers are required to stop for pedestrians at all marked crosswalks and at unmarked crosswalks at intersections.

If a car is stopped for a pedestrian, it is illegal for a second driver approaching from behind to pass the stopped car.

Police will be watching for drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians, including police decoys, on San Pablo Avenue near Madison Avenue Monday from 8 a.m. to noon, according to El Cerrito police Sgt. Steve Bonini.

The department conducted similar operations earlier this year on Carlson Boulevard at San Diego Street, Central Avenue at Liberty Street and around the Bay Area Rapid Transit station on Hill Street and Cutting Boulevard.

So far this year, police have issued 860 pedestrian-related citations, according to Bonini.