Bakersfield police will be conducting patrols over the holidays targeting areas where pedestrian-involved collisions have occurred in an effort to crack down on those violating traffic laws.

The department has mapped out locations where collisions have occurred over the past three years along with the traffic violations that led to those incidents, according to a Bakersfield Police Department news release.

Officers will be patrolling those areas looking for traffic offenses by pedestrians and motorists, giving special attention to speeding, distracted driving, illegal turns, failing to stop for signs and signals and failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, the release said. Pedestrians will be cited for failure to cross the street legally or yield to drivers who have the right of way.

Police recommend drivers look out for pedestrians, especially in hard-to-see conditions, slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or entering a crosswalk, stop at the crosswalk stop line and be cautious when backing up.

As for pedestrians, police recommend they follow the rules of the road, walk facing traffic, make eye contact with drivers as they approach, wear bright clothing during the day and reflective materials at night and look left-right-left before crossing a street. 

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