San Pablo police are sounding an alarm about unsafe driving after four pedestrians were hit by vehicles in the city last week.
The “sudden spike in vehicle collisions involving pedestrians” included two hit-and-run collisions, one after which investigators tracked down and arrested the driver, police said. In two cases, drivers remained at the scene.
Hit and run collisions were apparently rampant last week. We took a look at San Pablo police data posted on SpotCrime.com since Oct. 16 and discovered, indeed, almost daily hit-and-run reports. On Oct. 16, two hit and run collisions occurred in San Pablo: on Amador Street about 5:20 p.m., and just over an hour later in the 1000 block of Road 20, according to police records.
The following day, at least three reports of hit and run collisions within San Pablo: two at about 12:30 p.m. in the 13800 block of San Pablo Ave. and also on Rumrill Boulevard. A third occurred earlier in the morning about 8:30 a.m. on San Pablo Avenue.
Police records show another hit-and-run about 4:20 p.m. on Oct. 18 in the 14200 block of San Pablo Avenue. The following day, a hit-and-run happened on San Pablo Dam Road about 2:19 p.m. On Oct. 20, it was Brookhaven Court just before 8 p.m. that saw a hit and run report. At about 5:45 p.m. that night, another was reported on San Pablo Avenue. And the following day: yet three more hit and run reports.
In a social media statement, The San Pablo Police Department said it is “committed to the safety of our public, both in the criminal sense and when it comes to traffic safety.”
“During fall months, the sun starts to set earlier when there is more vehicular and pedestrian traffic on our roadways,” the statement said. “This is a contributing factor, but drivers can take steps to reduce the likelihood of a collision by wearing sunglasses and slowing down at crosswalks and intersections. Pedestrians can also take precautionary measures by wearing bright clothing, carrying a flashlight at night, and making eye contact with drivers before crossing.”
The police department added, “Officers will be taking a zero tolerance and issuing citations for unsafe speed, distracted driving, failing to yield to pedestrians, jaywalking, and any other violations of basic safety rules.”