The video and photographs of vehicles damaged in pedestrian-involved traffic collisions drew strong reactions from those in attendance. Officers at the meeting also talked about how the various public safety and quality-of-life issues were affecting the neighborhood.
“Look at the indentation on that window,” Duncan told residents, pointing at photos of crashed vehicles. “That’s someone’s head striking that vehicle.”
Collision scenes have become all too familiar to police and residents in Glendale, which was ranked as having the third-worst pedestrian-involved collision rate by the California Office of Public Safety in 2009. The study ranked 56 California cities with populations between 100,001 and 250,000.
“You drive here, you see the issues,” Duncan said.
Jose Salgado, a security guard at a building on the 500 block of North Central Avenue, is well aware of the city’s public safety issues with pedestrians and motorists.
Salgado, who attended the meeting, has begun taking photographs of motorists who, he said, drive impatiently through crosswalks with pedestrians still in them.
“You see people almost getting hit on a daily basis,” he said.
Police have conducted several traffic enforcement operations and organized public education campaigns to get the word out about speeding, distracted driving and pedestrian-involved collisions. But crashes continue to occur, Duncan acknowledged.
“Whether it be a trend, whether it be demographics, whether it be the drivers now not paying attention to the pedestrians as much, we don’t know,” he said. “So, we are trying to do everything humanly possible to stop these pedestrian collisions.”