The City of Temecula is raising awareness throughout the summer to promote safe driving choices and related outreach campaigns throughout the region including pedestrian and crosswalk safety. The City has partnered with Riverside County Sheriff’s Temecula Station, California Highway Patrol – Temecula, and others in the community to educate all on the importance of safe driving everywhere for everyone. September is Pedestrian & Bicyclist Safety Month with attention also directed at red light runners and speeders.
The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that a person is injured or killed every seven minutes with 50 percent of pedestrian fatalities occurring between 6:00 pm and midnight. A pedestrian awareness walk will be held on Thursday, September 19th at 6:00 pm at the Ynez Road and Rancho California Road intersection to shed light on this month’s theme. Those interested in helping remind drivers of crosswalk laws are encouraged to participate by joining the crosswalk chain at the Temecula Duck Pond at 5:45 pm on September 19th. Participants will band together to safely cross to the northwest corner and back to the Duck Pond.
When driving, remember to stop and look for pedestrians at every intersection or crosswalk, and if you’re a pedestrian, take the time to safely cross. It could save a life... or change it forever. Stay behind the line, every time.
Besides driving safely, what can you do? Report reckless driving activity immediately to 911 with as much information as possible such as description of driver/vehicle, location and direction of travel, and license plate number. It is an emergency. You could save a life. Just remember, do it safely and legally. If calling from your vehicle, either park or use a hands-free system. All drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using phones while operating a motor vehicle, even with a hands-free system.
P.S. Drive Safe! Love, Temecula.
For more information on Temecula’s P.S. Drive Safe campaign, visit TemeculaCA.gov/DriveSafe