Concord Police Stepping Up Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations

February 27, 2015 14:00 pm · 32 comments


The Concord Police Department is stepping up pedestrian safety enforcement operations today, with focused enforcement on collision causing factors involving motorists and pedestrians.  Routine traffic patrols are focusing on trouble spots while special overtime patrols will also be deployed to crackdown on drivers and pedestrian’s who violate basic traffic laws.

The department has mapped out locations over the past three years where pedestrian involved collisions have occurred along with the violations that led to those crashes.

Officers will be looking for traffic offenses made by drivers and pedestrians alike that can lead to life changing injuries.  Special attention will be directed toward drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for signs and signals, failing to yield to pedestrians in cross walks or any other dangerous violation.  Additionally, enforcement will be taken for observed violations when pedestrians cross the street illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way. Pedestrians should cross the street only in marked crosswalks or at corners.

Pedestrian fatalities are rising in California as more people use non-motorized means of transportation.  Locally, The Concord police Department has investigated 97 fatal and injury collisions involving pedestrians during the past three (3) years. In 2012, California witnessed 612 pedestrian deaths that year while nationally; 4,743 pedestrians were killed.

A national study reveals that pedestrians and drivers do not obey laws and signals consistently and many often use cell phones, text and listen to music while walking or driving. Only 60 percent of pedestrians said they expected drivers to stop when they were in crosswalks, even though they have the right-of-way.  The following safety tips can save lives and stop this tragedy witnessed far too often in Concord:

Drivers can:

  • Look out for pedestrians, especially in hard-to-see conditions such as at night or in bad weather.
  • Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or entering a crosswalk where pedestrians are likely to be.
  • Stop at the crosswalk stop line to give drivers in other lanes an opportunity to see and yield to the pedestrians too.
  • Be cautious when backing up – pedestrians, especially young children, can move across your path. See

Pedestrians can:

  • Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road, cross at crosswalks or intersections, and obey signs and signals.
  • Walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible if there is no sidewalk.
  • Pay attention to the traffic moving around you. This is not the time to be texting or talking on a cell phone.
  • Make eye contact with drivers as they approach. Never assume a driver sees you.
  • Wear bright clothing during the day and reflective materials (or use a flashlight) at night.
  • Look left-right-left before crossing a street.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Cowellian February 27, 2015 at 2:35 PM

Additionally, enforcement will be taken for observed violations when pedestrians cross the street illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way.

I guess the cops don’t read Claycord. We have self-professed experts here who claim that pedestrians always have the right-of-way.

jtkatec February 27, 2015 at 2:45 PM

That sure describes me!

Johnny Wadd February 27, 2015 at 2:48 PM

In front of Meadow Holmes School. Cars from Oakmead run the light or roll through crosswalk, combined with careless peds. That intersection is a recipie for disaster.
Not far from there, a bicyclist hit my SO’s car. The bicyclist was ticketed and was under the impression “right of way” is loosely interpreted.

Be careful out there!

Kenji February 27, 2015 at 3:23 PM

Here are the relevant sections of the CA Vehicle Code (

Right-of-Way at Crosswalks
21950. (a) The driver of a vehicle shall yield the rightof-way
to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any
marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an
intersection, except as otherwise provided in this chapter.
(b) This section does not relieve a pedestrian from the duty
of using due care for his or her safety. No pedestrian may
suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run
into the path of a vehicle that is so close as to constitute an
immediate hazard. No pedestrian may unnecessarily stop or
delay traffic while in a marked or unmarked crosswalk.
(c) The driver of a vehicle approaching a pedestrian within
any marked or unmarked crosswalk shall exercise all due care
and shall reduce the speed of the vehicle or take any other
action relating to the operation of the vehicle as necessary to
safeguard the safety of the pedestrian.
(d) Subdivision (b) does not relieve a driver of a vehicle
from the duty of exercising due care for the safety of any
pedestrian within any marked crosswalk or within any
unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.
Amended Sec. 8, Ch. 833, Stats. 2000. Effective January 1, 2001

Pedestrians Outside Crosswalks
21954. (a) Every pedestrian upon a roadway at any
point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an
unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-ofway
to all vehicles upon the roadway so near as to constitute
an immediate hazard.
(b) The provisions of this section shall not relieve the driver
of a vehicle from the duty to exercise due care for the safety of
any pedestrian upon a roadway.
Amended Ch. 1015, Stats. 1971. Operative May 3, 1972.

Just Sayin' February 27, 2015 at 3:37 PM

Pro·ac·tive (prō-ăk′tĭv) Acting in advance.
Re‧ac‧tive [riˈæktɪv] Not being ready

RANDOM TASK February 27, 2015 at 4:43 PM

their favorite line …..Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration getting all this money to just give it to Concord …or rather who on the board is scratching what back to keep rolling this song out every time money is spent…….follow the money their are some greedy dems doing favors at the end of the line…..hmmm police are union right

RunDogRun February 27, 2015 at 5:08 PM

@4 Kenji

Thank you! Pretty clearly states
my point exactly in the very first
sentence which Cowellian refuses
to accept.

Lindoda February 27, 2015 at 5:21 PM

Pedestrians on Willow Pass between Galindo and Fry Way, jaywalking. Drivers at Market and Willow Pass red light runners. I would love to see some corrective action at both of these areas!

Kenji February 27, 2015 at 5:25 PM

@RunDogRun, I’m not sure about that. Was your point that pedestrians always have the right of way? It seems pretty clear to me that the Vehicle Code gives the right of way to pedestrians only in crosswalks – which may not always be marked. I’m not sure what an unmarked crosswalk is, but apparently it can only be at an intersection.

Menegene February 27, 2015 at 6:05 PM

Hope they get those J Walkers on Clayton Rd.

bluebird February 27, 2015 at 6:44 PM

Timely because March 8 is the beginning of Daylight Saving Time. The first week following the time change seems to show an increase in pedestrian related accidents.

Cowellian February 27, 2015 at 7:02 PM

Here’s what I accept: Idiot pedestrians who think they always have the right-of-way, get talked about on Claycord in the past tense.

Cautiously Informed February 27, 2015 at 7:19 PM

They forgot to add one thing to list of things drivers need to do: Get off your stupid cell phones and stop texting while driving.

@#7 February 27, 2015 at 8:08 PM

Guess you didn’t read the whole thing, eh?

Antler February 27, 2015 at 10:50 PM

Had a strong “mister you are asking for it” moment today in Walnut Creek. A black man … riding a dark gray bicycle … on a dark gray asphalt road surface …and dressed entirely in medium gray was riding too fast to make it through his yellow light before the light turned green for me. I was in the slow lane, and honestly the only reason I saw him in time to keep my brake pedal down was that he grinned really wide and waved a cheery thank you to me. He was expletive lucky that there was no-one in the fast lane, and that the driver in the left-turn lane saw him in time to stay put.

Point being: Why are bicyclists not required by law to show a considerable amount of “signal yellow” somewhere obvious as part of their attire?

lake February 28, 2015 at 3:36 AM

Anybody else notice walkers and joggers on the roadway between the painted line & curb instead of using the sidewalk? Seems like a crazy unsafe thing when you consider being hit by a car could easily eliminate the benefit of exercise.

IMHO February 28, 2015 at 7:20 AM

Just curious why we weren’t valuable enough to be budgeted for until the Fed came in with some $$$$.
When the traffic czar fixes the traffic signals in Concord, then the jay walking will stop, or slow down. Try to cross major streets using the lawful process and you are in for a LONG (not a moderate) wait at certain times of day.
@Antler – you make a great point. It is not lawful in Concord to ride a bicycle on the sidewalks. I bet you will not find any data on how many times a bicycle rider has been ticketed for riding on the sidewalk. You will probably find insurance statistics on accidents because they do.

Hubby's off duty Sergeant February 28, 2015 at 8:01 AM

And @ #13 : Pedestrians need to get off of their stupid cell phones and actually look up to see where their walking. Good way to become someone’s hood ornament or get robbed. Stop texting and walking.

AnonReformed February 28, 2015 at 8:02 AM

Start enforcing the law on Clayton Road by Popeye’s at around 6am M-F, please.

@15 February 28, 2015 at 8:34 AM

t doesn’t sound like the cyclist was the problem there. He obeyed the law. It sounds like bad drivers like you are the problem. Maybe we need more frequent and rigorous driving tests for folks like you who’s skills are obviously declining with age.

crackdown? February 28, 2015 at 9:14 AM

This is probably just a PR ploy because a 14 year old boy was running against a red light across 6 lanes of traffic on Clayton Rd and was killed. Concord PD are an elite bunch and handing out jay walking tickets is beneath them. In a couple of months the crackdown will end and things will return to normal.

AnonReformed February 28, 2015 at 9:39 AM


I bet you are right, sadly. This will do nothing but make the problem worse as it emboldens jaywalkers to care even less for their own safety and the law.

Kenji February 28, 2015 at 10:06 AM

It’s true that the Vehicle Code prohibits bicycling on a sidewalk unless signage specifically allows it (as on Treat Blvd for instance). However, there are major stretches of street in Concord where no such signage exists, but there is also no safe space on the road for bicycle traffic. Examples include Monument Blvd and Concord Ave. I called the traffic desk at the Police Department a few years ago and asked what was the correct behavior in such locations. I was told I should ride on the sidewalk if there was no safe space on the road, and that I wouldn’t be ticketed for it.

Cellophane February 28, 2015 at 10:09 AM

Drivers on cell phones/texting, flossing, shaving, putting on makeup, reading the newspaper or lost in space, bicyclists feeling entitled risking their lives in traffic against 2000 lb cars, followed by pedestrians darting into traffic at random from behind bushes, jaywalking at night wearing all black, walking against traffic lights, texting or on cell phones, oblivious to the traffic.

Humans are the only species on this planet that will purposely put their own lives in danger and do so with abandon. Reckless and irresponsible behavior of people who believe they are better than everyone else.

A very sad state of affairs. People just don’t give a damn about anyone else. To hell with everyone and the laws that are in place to protect the people from themselves.

Silva February 28, 2015 at 10:16 AM

Antler, My uncle told a story upon arriving home one evening pretty shaken up, that he’d come within inches of running over a black pedestrian on his bicycle on a country road with no sidewalk. The man was dressed all in black, and had dark skin. He only saw the whites of his eyes at the last moment, and just missed him.

Kirkwood February 28, 2015 at 10:37 AM

Too bad cars have antilock brakes now. Nothing like screeching tires and a loud horn to embarrass and scare the bejeezus out of jaywalkers.

Miriam February 28, 2015 at 10:55 AM

Way to go! I am excited about this; the everyday person doesn’t understand until a car from out of nowhere blindsides you; this is the difference between apprehension and awareness, and just being plain stupid.

Silva February 28, 2015 at 11:43 AM

He said the man was just as shook up as he was also.

RunDogRun February 28, 2015 at 12:48 PM

Yes, I read the whole thing!
When I drive I give pedestrians
the right of way, always. So far,
I haven’t hit one, thank God. But,
if some of you have a better idea,
please let me know!

Silva February 28, 2015 at 1:50 PM

They don’t have any of the “pedestrian has the right of way” issues in Mexico. Pedestrians know not to cross a street if there’s oncoming traffic. When they see a break, they try to make it. If they don’t make it accross it’s “too bad, so sad”. When any of my in-laws come for a visit there’s always fear in their eyes as we legally and safely cross streets, even after I explain the different rules.

Cowellian February 28, 2015 at 7:17 PM

So you’re the one who has managed to avoid hitting any pedestrians?

anon February 28, 2015 at 8:45 PM

Hang out by luckys. ….Jay walkers every night going to and from the apartments

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