The Palm Springs Police Department will increase patrols throughout September to crack down on driving violations that put pedestrians at risk.

As part of “Pedestrian Safety Month,” Palm Springs police will be searching for violations such as failure to yield for pedestrians in crosswalks, illegal turns, failing to stop for signs or signals and speeding.

According to police officials, 2020 saw the largest year-over-year increase — 21% — in cases of pedestrians being killed by motor vehicles. In 2019, pedestrians accounted for 27% of all traffic-related deaths in California, officials said.

“It’s simple: Slow down and stop for pedestrians. They have the same rights to the road as everyone else,” Sgt. Arnold Galvan said.

Officials urged pedestrians to be cautious while crossing streets, use designated crosswalks and stay off the phone while walking or jogging to reduce the chances of getting injured.

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