It's that time of year again - I'm seeing rental cars driving through crosswalks with people in them, and getting immediately pulled over by the police and ticketed. Tourist season brings out of town drivers unfamiliar with the local laws - and one that is heavily enforced in Santa Monica is the crosswalk law.
You must stop at a crosswalk if you see someone entering, about to enter, or in the crosswalk. The police actually sit on the side of the road, like shooting fish in a barrel, to ticket. The reason for this is that Santa Monica has a very high incident of pedestrian fatalities/ serious injury.
Also - watch out for Bird scooters - they come out of nowhere and can get up to speeds of 30mph.