Sep 6, 2016

As part of a police traffic sting on some of Richmond’s busiest streets last week, 44 tickets were handed out in just three hours to drivers who failed to stop for pedestrians who were in crosswalks, police said.

The operation, which focused on enhancing pedestrian safety, occurred during the late morning and early afternoon hours last Thursday, Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan said.

“The traffic unit conducted their operation on Macdonald Avenue, Barrett Avenue and Carlson Boulevard,” Tan said.

Police urge drivers to slow down and not only to watch for pedestrians, but to stop for them as well.

“It’s the law,” police said.


  1. This type of operation is badly needed in Richmond, especially downtown and along the Macdonald and Barrett avenue corridors. You routinely see people speeding through red lights and travelling much faster than the posted speed limits on these streets. It is rare to see any drivers care about pedestrians at all. It really negatively affects us all besides the obvious safety concerns, as potential investors driving through town notice this as well and think twice about whether Richmond is a wise investment. Just about every out of town person I know has a negative experience story about driving through Richmond.
    I hope the RPD can keep up this important work.

    Richmond Resident | Sep 6th, 2016
  2. Funny, but about that time last week, I observed a Richmond Officer run through a crosswalk that a woman had already entered about 10 ft. on Cutting Blvd. Shouldn’t be a double standard.

    Work in Richmond | Sep 6th, 2016
  3. I live in Pt Richmond and the corner of railroad ave is extremely dangerous. I’ve requested and suggested rpd post an officer and see how often pedestrians are put at risk. As of yet they have not.

    Ben Najmark | Sep 7th, 2016
  4. I’ve seen a few of these “stings” in operation. Often, the “pedestrian” will be standing still 2-3′ back from the street on the sidewalk, not looking like they’re going to use the crosswalk at all. Hopefully this was not the case in this crackdown. There is a huge problem with drivers not yielding to pedestrians, and this type of focussed action is needed from time to time. I would like to see some action taken on bicyclists who think they are pedestrians, riding on the sidewalk and riding across pedestrian crossings without stopping for traffic. I personally have had many close calls with bikes suddenly veering into traffic to ride across a pedestrian crosswalk; with no indication of their intention. It’s almost time to require a “bicycle license” where riders need to understand the laws applicable to riding a bike on public streets in order to get it.

    Richmond Citizen | Sep 7th, 2016
  5. Try San Pablo Avenue! I used to work there and it would take sometimes 20 minutes to get across the street. When I complained to a cop, he told me to “take a rock and throw it at their windshield.” People would sometimes do twice the speed limit and would beep their horns and curse at you for trying to cross the street! Hope RPD keeps it up!

    Used to live there | Sep 8th, 2016
  6. Stanley Roberts could fill up years of airtime in Richmond alone with his ‘People Behaving Badly’ segment.

    Richmond Resident | Sep 8th, 2016
  7. They need to do a sting on 23rd Street! Drivers do not even slow down for pedestrians.
    I had to wait 5 minutes to cross!

    BT | Sep 20th, 2016

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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.