Acknowledging a recent increase in traffic accidents involving pedestrians, the Temecula Police Department on Wednesday reminded everyone to take safety precautions.
“...Be aware...while crossing intersections and traversing major roadways, both as pedestrians and as operators of motor vehicles,” Temecula police Sgt. John Magnan stated in a news release.
Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents Patch has reported on have included: a fatal collision Sept. 15 on Pujol Street that claimed the life of a 7-year-old boy; a skateboarder who suffered major injuries when he was struck by a vehicle Sunday at Margarita Road and Avenida Barca; and a skateboarder who suffered less severe injuries Wednesday when he was hit by a car on Rancho Vista Road near Temecula Valley High School.
“Pedestrians need to be alert and aware of their surroundings,” Magnan said. “They need to ensure the roadway is clear and safe before they attempt to cross the street. When crossing the street, pedestrians are required to use marked crosswalks when available and, when no crosswalks are present, use the nearest intersection.”
Likewise, drivers should always remain observant of any possible road hazards, the sergeant said.
Increased traffic safety awareness among the community will help improve public safety, which is the goal of the Temecula Police Department, Magnan said.