Police Ask Pedestrians, Bicyclists to Use Caution 2019
Las Cruces police wish to remind pedestrians to use caution when traversing along sidewalks and crossing city streets.
In 2018, the Las Cruces Police Department responded to 56 crashes involving pedestrians. Unfortunately, three of those crashed proved to be fatal. Traffic investigators determined that two of those fatal crashes were caused by inattention on the part of the pedestrian.
So far in 2019, LCPD has responded to 14 crashes involving pedestrians. One of those crashes was a fatality.
- Utilize sidewalks and designated paths, and refrain from walking on streets or roadways.
- Cross roadways only in designated crosswalks.
- Never assume a driver will stop at a designated crosswalk. Make eye contact with drivers and ensure they come to a stop before crossing a roadway.
- Watch for vehicles entering or exiting driveways in residential and commercial areas.
- Watch for moving vehicles in parking lots.
- Be visible by wearing bright clothing during the day and reflective material at night.
- Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking as they can impair your abilities, judgement and distance perceptions.
Bicyclists are reminded to travel along lanes designated for bikes. If no such lanes exist, bicyclists should follow the same rules as motorists which include using turn signals, stopping at red lights and stop signs, and stopping for pedestrians in designated crosswalks. City rules permit bicyclists to travel on sidewalks and city paths but, if doing so, they must follow rules designated for pedestrians. Bicyclists are also encouraged to wear a helmet and have proper lighting when biking at night.
So far in 2019, LCPD has responded to three crashes involving bicyclists. One of those crashes was a fatality.