The sheriff’s department periodically conducts DUI checkpoints in West Hollywood—but alcohol isn’t the only safety issue that can put people at risk. A sheriff’s department team conducted a pedestrian safety operation on Aug. 3 in West Hollywood and issued more than 50 citations.
A majority of the citations—about 40—were issued to drivers, and about 17 were issued to pedestrians, according to Lt. Dave Smith. The vehicle citations were split about evenly between a failure to yield to pedestrians and distracted driving (i.e. driving while texting), Smith said.
Smith also noted that it is not only drivers who cause accidents but that pedestrians, too, can be at fault and can create safety problems. Many of the pedestrians cited were either jaywalking or walking against red lights, he said.
“We hope we don’t have to write a citation to anybody, but we do them for safety reasons,” Smith said.
Smith said that fines for the violations are determined by the courthouse, so he was not able to provide the amount of the tickets.
Pedestrian/crosswalk safety has been a hot topic in West Hollywood since a June 28 accident in which a man was hit while crossing Santa Monica Boulevard in June.