For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Andrew Frankel, Public Information Officer, (510) 981-5881


Berkeley, California (Tuesday, March 02, 2010) - The Berkeley Police Department will be focusing on pedestrian safety this month to honor the memory of Zachary Cruz.  Zachary was five years old when he tragically lost his life one year ago while crossing the street at the intersection of Warring and Derby Streets. 

As part of this effort, officers will be concentrating on violations that put pedestrians at risk.  Speeding, cell phone use, and pedestrian right-of-way violations top the list of dangerous driving behaviors.  The department will also take this opportunity to provide additional training to its officers on spotting problematic driving habits.

In 2009, 106 pedestrians were injured in collisions in the City of Berkeley.  All three of the City’s fatal collisions last year involved pedestrians in the crosswalks.  “The Office of Traffic Safety currently ranks Berkeley highest in terms of the number of pedestrian injury collisions among similarly sized cities in California,” said Police Chief Mike Meehan.  Chief Meehan went on to say, “Our focus on pedestrian safety is an appropriate way to remember Zachary and to do our part to make this community safer.”

So this month, while you’re driving in Berkeley, please remember to slow-down, hang-up the phone and look out for pedestrians. 

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