Los Angeles is not a safe place if you are a pedestrian. Pedestrians comprised roughly a third of all traffic fatalities in the City of Angels. In 2010 there were an estimated 4300 pedestrians killed and about 70,000 pedestrians that were injured. Unfortunately, many pedestrian accidents do not get reported for one reason or another. In an effort to increase pedestrian safety the Los Angeles Police Department is teaming up with the Valley Traffic Division officers to enforce pedestrian safety laws. These laws are not just for pedestrians, they apply to drivers and their vehicles also.
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation has been making more improvements to the city's crosswalks. Many crosswalks are being updated with visual warnings to drivers, an example of this are the warnings painted on pavement. More crossing guards are being placed at the crosswalks near schools so that the younger children have the adult assistance they might need to cross the street safely. Children are known to be unpredictable and can dart into traffic for no reason. Drivers are being asked to pay special attention when driving in residential areas, along with near school zones.
In the San Fernando Valley there were 29 pedestrians injured in a traffic crash in 2012. This number makes up about half of the fatal traffic crashes locally. The Valley Traffic Division is taking this time to reintroduce a few safety tips to the local citizens, in hopes that they can prevent further fatalities. Drivers have the responsibility to not drive distracted and yield to pedestrians in crosswalks no matter if they are marked or not. When driving, motorists should be scanning the road ahead for pedestrians. On the other hand, pedestrians need to obey traffic signals and be alert to the traffic around them.