GOING ON THE DEFENSIVE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY PROMOTED.Byline: Naush Boghossian Staff Writer
GLENDALE - Multilingual mul·ti·lin·gual
1. Of, including, or expressed in several languages: a multilingual dictionary.
2. signs will be posted on city buses and trucks as part of an outreach Outreach is an effort by an organization or group to connect its ideas or practices to the efforts of other organizations, groups, specific audiences or the general public. campaign designed to curb the high number of pedestrian injuries and deaths in Glendale, officials said Monday.
The campaign, which mainly targets high-risk seniors and children, will include English, Armenian and Spanish signs and city-produced public service announcements, to get the word out to the community on pedestrian safety.
The signs feature the slogan ``Wait, Watch and Walk'' and advise pedestrians to ``Walk defensively. It may save your life.''
``I think educating the public, specifically the pedestrians, is extremely important, because when it comes to the rights as pedestrians, and you put it up against a car - a car wins all the time,'' said Councilman Dave Weaver.
The City Council approved in September spending $26,000 to fund the first phase of the campaign, but officials will return to the council to ask for another $26,000 to contract with the public safety group Safe Moves to host safety programs at local schools and senior centers.
Glendale has had 41 pedestrian-related fatalities over the past 11 years, including five in 2003 and one on Jan. 30.
In 2002, Glendale was the fourth city its size in California in its number of pedestrians being injured in·jure
tr.v. in·jured, in·jur·ing, in·jures
1. To cause physical harm to; hurt.
2. To cause damage to; impair.
3. or killed, said police Lt. Don Meredith Joseph Don "Dandy Don" Meredith (born April 10, 1938 in Mount Vernon, Texas) is a retired American football quarterback in the NFL who played for the Dallas Cowboys, a former football commentator, and entertainer. .
``For California cities our size, unfortunately we have a more significant injury or death rate of pedestrians,'' Meredith said.
One of the more significant reasons for the high number of pedestrian injuries and deaths is that more than 50 percent of Glendale's population is foreign-born and have yet to understand the traffic rules, city officials said.
``We are definitely trying to target the non-English-speaking community since we have a large immigrant population in Glendale that's new to this country and we want to educate them on how to be safe when walking in the city,'' said city spokesman Ritch Wells.
Also many pedestrians, feeling they are entitled en·ti·tle
tr.v. en·ti·tled, en·ti·tling, en·ti·tles
1. To give a name or title to.
2. To furnish with a right or claim to something: to the right of way, are unaware of their surroundings and don't walk defensively.
``They think, I have the right of way, and the old saying goes, you could be dead right,'' Meredith said. ``Pedestrians have to account for their own safety and you can't presume pre·sume
v. pre·sumed, pre·sum·ing, pre·sumes
1. To take for granted as being true in the absence of proof to the contrary: We presumed she was innocent. the car's going to stop for you.''
The city, which experienced more than 350 vehicle-versus-pedestrian accidents since 2000, has been taking steps to improve public safety including the installation of 30 ``in-roadway warning lights,'' posting new high-intensity fluorescent fluorescent
having the quality of fluorescence.
see fluorescence microscopy.
fluorescent antibody test
see fluorescence microscopy. yellow-green pedestrian crossing signs, re-signing and restriping all city crosswalks, and conducting more sting operations Noun 1. sting operation - a complicated confidence game planned and executed with great care (especially an operation implemented by undercover agents to apprehend criminals) by the Glendale Police Department.
``We want to eliminate pedestrian and motorist confrontations and injuries,'' said Steve Zurn, director of public works public works
Construction projects, such as highways or dams, financed by public funds and constructed by a government for the benefit or use of the general public.
Noun 1. .
Naush Boghossian, (818) 546-3306
One of the new pedestrian safety posters hangs on a Glendale city waste truck during Monday's rollout of the program.
Andy Holzman/Staff Photographer