FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 4, 2014
Contact: Jay Moroso, Lieutenant
The Santa Monica Police Department's Traffic Enforcement Unit focuses on different driving behaviors each month that are primary causation for traffic collisions. In July, the Traffic Enforcement Unit will focus on bicyclists failing to follow the rules of the road.
The California Vehicle Code - Section 21200 Laws Applicable to Bicycles:
A person riding a bicycle or operating a pedicab upon a highway has all the rights and is subject to all the provisions applicable to the driver of a vehicle.
A majority of the collisions involving bicyclists have been determined that the other party was at fault. When a bicyclist has been at fault, the common causations have ranged from failure to stop at a traffic signal to unsafe speed.
City of Santa Monica Municipal Code - 3.12.540 - Bicycle Riding or Coasting Restricted
It shall be unlawful to ride a bicycle or to coast in any vehicle upon any public sidewalk, except as provided for in Section 3.12.550. It shall be unlawful to ride a bicycle or to coast in any vehicle in any public parking structure.
Lieutenant Marhaba of the Police Department's Traffic Section reminds bicyclists to use the bicycle lane to travel safely to your destination.
For more information, please contact Sergeant Phillbo Rubish with the Santa Monica Police Department's Traffic Section at 310-458-8950, or Lieutenant Mohamed Marhaba at 310-458-8406.