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San Jose May Benefit from Grant to Prevent Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents

Posted on in Personal Injury

CA injury lawyerThe federal government recently awarded the California Highway Patrol a grant meant to support increased law enforcement and education efforts aimed at reducing the number of pedestrian and bicycle accidents in the state. Considering the fact that Santa Clara County ranks highest for the overall number of bicycle collisions, it stands to reason that a portion of that money will likely end up being used to benefit local programs currently in place.

Increased Enforcement and Education Efforts Focus on Pedestrian and Bike Safety

A program developed by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) was selected to receive more than $1 million in federal grant funds to support efforts at preventing pedestrian and bicycle accidents on roads throughout the state. The program is currently funded through both state and national agencies, such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Office of Traffic Safety. The additional money will be used in counties throughout California to help address the issues behind the more than 26,000 pedestrian and cyclists injuries that occur each year.

Through the CHP’s Pedestrian and Bicyclist Enforcement and Education Project, the programs which received the grant, officers focus on both traffic enforcement and community education regarding the most common culprits in these types of collisions. This includes reckless driving behaviors such as:

  • Speeding and going too fast for conditions;
  • Disregarding traffic signs and signals;
  • Driving distracted, such as using cell phones and texting;
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or medications.

The program also aims at increasing the awareness of bicyclists and pedestrians in taking actions to protect themselves. This includes avoiding distractions, staying in bike lanes or on sidewalks, wearing a helmet when cycling, and crossing only at designated intersections.

Reducing Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents in San Jose

Santa Clara County is likely to be among the recipients of these funds due to the alarming number of pedestrian and bicycle accidents which occur in the area. According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, nearly 1,600 people are injured each year in these accidents. In terms of the number of cyclist injuries alone, the San Jose area ranks highest in the state.

City officials are aware of the problem and have taken the steps to address the issue. San Jose was the fourth city in the nation to adopt a Vision Zero plan, aimed at reducing the number of traffic fatalities. As part of the plan, more than 35 miles of new on-street bike lanes have been installed while more than 20 miles of existing routes were updated. Ongoing projects aim at increasing traffic lighting, crosswalks, and signals. Combined with the additional funds for enforcement and education efforts, San Jose stands a greater chance at being able to achieve its Vision Zero goals.

Let Us Help You Today

If you have been injured in a pedestrian or bicycle accident, the Jachimowicz Law Group is here to help. To request a consultation, reach out and contact our dedicated San Jose personal injury attorneys by calling 408-246-5500 today.

 

Sources:

https://patch.com/california/campbell/feds-give-green-light-more-bike-ped-safety-funds

https://www.ots.ca.gov/Media_and_Research/Rankings/default.asp

https://www.chp.ca.gov/programs-services/services-information/bike-and-ped-safety

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