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Pleasanton PD issues 20 citations to drivers in pedestrian crossing sting

Original post made on Sep 19, 2018

"Pedestrians Don't Have Armor." That's the headline of a recent social media post by the Pleasanton Police Department highlighting officers' recent sting operation targeting drivers who fail to legally yield to walkers in city crosswalks.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 12:08 PM

Comments (12)

Posted by VoiceofReason
a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Sep 19, 2018 at 9:16 am

I applaud this. I gotta say drivers in Pleasanton are better than most of the country (you take your life in your hands crossing a street in LA), but I still see a lot of jerks rush through crosswalks only feet away. It pisses me off that my kids say they have nearly been hit in crosswalks several times.

Posted by 30 yr resident
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 19, 2018 at 9:18 am

How about they start ticketing jaywalkers as well. I get when there’s no traffic crossing against the light but that’s not what happens people will cross against the light and cause traffic to stop creating a traffic hazard or they will stand between cars waiting until someone stops, causing everyone behind them to stop, so they can avoid walking the 50 feet to a crosswalk. Pedestrians don’t wear armor that’s true but drivers should be able to not have to worry about driving through a green light. It goes both ways

Posted by Ptown Native
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 19, 2018 at 9:42 am

I really hope the PPD stakes out the crosswalk(s) on between Greenwood and Hopyard. The number of drivers ignoring the crosswalk (and at times, the crossing guard) by Harvest Park is crazy this year. And drivers throughout the day blow through the stop signs at Crestline and Blackbird. I'm shocked someone hasn't been hit.

Posted by Mohr Park resident
a resident of Mohr Park
on Sep 19, 2018 at 11:22 am

Mohr Park resident is a registered user.

Glad to hear this news but I’d also like to see PPD stakeout (1) the intersection of Santa Rita & Stoneridge to ticket the cars that constantly and blatantly run the red light when turning left onto Santa Rita, and (2) along Stoneridge Drive for all the drivers who want to drive 45 mph+ in the 35 mph zone, especially during commute times. I see it everyday, it’s ridiculous. I can’t remember the last time I saw a car pulled over in my neighborhood...

Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 19, 2018 at 11:54 am

Ticket the cyclists! Has anyone ever seen one stop for a red light or stop sign? Only if there is oncoming traffic, if not they just blow right on through. You want the rights of a vehicle? Then you deserve to be held accountable for obeying ALL of the laws.

Posted by Cindy
a resident of Amador Estates
on Sep 19, 2018 at 2:16 pm

In concern to the Francisco/Santa Rita Crossing, don't ever use it. Always go extra to the intersection.. Many have been killed there over the years. I feel sorry for the drivers also. Pleasanton did add ground blinking lights but hard to see for either party.

Posted by Eric
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Sep 20, 2018 at 10:08 am

It’s about damned time.

Posted by Jake Waters
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 21, 2018 at 9:41 pm

Jake Waters is a registered user.

I’m all for safety, but what California Vehicle Code Section are they citing for? 21950(a)? Are the Police citing even when the pedestrian is clear from the flow of traffic without being in harms way, or must the driver wait until the pedestrian has exited the crosswalk all together? Just asking for clarification.

Posted by Grumpy
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Sep 22, 2018 at 8:19 am

Grumpy is a registered user.

Good question. It would be nice when seeing stories about policing to be able to contextualize it.

Is it good policing? The kind where you and everyone else always wished there were a motorcycle cop around the corner to get that unsafe jerk?

Or is it pointless nitpicking, like ticketing for 46 in a 45, or failing to yield when the pedestrian is far away and leaving the road, or fouled parking when your bumper is right on the hash? (Sorry, those are the only three things that come to mind at the moment—and no, I’ve never been ticketed for them, but I’ve seen others be.)

I prefer it when our police focus on genuine safety issues and not revenue generation. It sounds like this has high potential to have been a genuine safety enforcement and not an abuse of ticketing power...but a little reassurance is nice given some of the Bay Area cities where that is not true. (Think Fremont and their red light camera program disaster.)

Posted by Name hidden
a resident of Bonde Ranch

on Sep 22, 2018 at 7:09 pm

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Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Sep 24, 2018 at 8:59 am

Give us those red light cameras, more radar speed traps, and start enforcing Hollywood stops and illegal U turns downtown it’s only getting worse around here especially during commuter cut-thru hours and school pickup and drop off times. PPD is doing a great job but they need to add more officers on all shifts and start nailing these bad, privileged drivers.

Posted by boopiejones
a resident of Danville
on Dec 9, 2018 at 6:19 pm

@jake waters & grumpy - the fact that they “only” nabbed 30 violators in 3.5 hours leads me to believe they were not being nit picky. They were likely only ticketing for truly unsafe behavior.

I’m glad they did this sting and I wish Danville PD would do something similar.

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