[Durham INC] [pac2] Police enforcing pedestrian laws (Herald-Sun)
bwatu at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 15 13:43:06 EDT 2009
Article is on page C4 of today's Herald-Sun. Byline is "The [Jacksonville] Daily News"
Here's their link...
> Thanks for posting this, John. do you
> have the link, as i can't seem to
> find the article on the HS website.
> Barry Ragin
> > Police enforcing pedestrian laws
> > By Molly K. DeWitt, Herald-Sun (Daily News,
> Jacksonville), 15 June 2009
> > As the city increases efforts toward pedestrian
> safety, the Jacksonville Police Department is as well.
> > The traffic and patrol divisions of the police
> department have started enforcing pedestrian safety in
> recent weeks, said JPD Lt. Tony Campbell, with the traffic
> > Traffic officers and community officers pose as
> pedestrians and bicyclists and cross at various
> intersections and crosswalks throughout the city as unmarked
> patrol cars watch from nearby. When drivers don't yield the
> right of way to the officers posing as pedestrians they are
> stopped and enforcement action is taken, Campbell said.
> > The infraction entails a fine and court costs. The
> fine is at the discretion of the judge, Campbell said.
> > "We feel that we're trying to educate people on
> pedestrian crossing and we're trying to make more people
> aware of what the laws are and what they're responsible to
> do when a pedestrian is crossing to try to reduce these
> fatalities and injuries," he said.
> > During recent pedestrian safety enforcement on Hargett
> Street, officers issued at least 10 citations within a
> matter of hours. And at a crosswalk near Jacksonville High
> School, officers issued between five and eight, Campbell
> > "We plan on doing it for a while until people learn
> that they need to yield to pedestrians," he said.
> > Motorists should be aware that pedestrians or
> bicyclists crossing within a marked crosswalk or at an
> intersection have the right of way, but pedestrians also
> play a role in their own safety, Campbell said.
> > "Pedestrians should follow traffic signals as vehicles
> do," he said. "Be aware of cars turning right or those that
> might run a red light in the opposite direction."
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