This month, the Santa Monica Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit is cracking down on bicyclist behaviors that could lead to traffic collisions.

The effort is part of an ongoing campaign in which the enforcement unit focuses on different driving behaviors each month that are primary causes of traffic collisions, police said.

According to the California Vehicle Code, a person riding a bicycle or operating a pedicab on streets has all the rights and is subject to all the provisions applicable to the driver of a vehicle, police note.

Since Jan. 1, the Santa Monica Police Department has investigated 37 collisions involving bicycles. A majority of the collisions have been determined that the other party was at fault, but when a bicyclist has been at fault, the common factors have ranged from failure to stop at a traffic signal to unsafe speed, police said.

For more information, Sgt. Phillbo Rubish with the Santa Monica Police Department’s Traffic Section at (310) 458-8950, or Lt. Jay Trisler at (310) 458-8471.

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