Pedestrian "Stings" Planned to Keep Streets Safe
In the world of pedestrians vs. cars, pedestrians nearly always lose. Each year an average of 860 Utah pedestrians are hurt and another 30 are killed in crashes with motor vehicles.
Utah police officers will conduct Operation Crosswalk Enforcement Campaigns in April and May to educate citizens about pedestrian safety. Officers dressed as decoys walk back and forth in crosswalks while fellow officers watch for drivers who fail to yield the right-of-way (either by not stopping or stopping within the crosswalk). Last fall, officers in 17 jurisdictions issued 4,126 citations and warnings to both drivers and pedestrians who failed to obey pedestrian safety laws.