CHARLOTTE (AP) — Police in Charlotte hope they’ve made a point with pedestrians who violate crosswalk laws.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers handed out 100 warning tickets in 90 minutes Thursday at a single intersection downtown where 12 people have been hit in the past five years, The Charlotte Observer (http://bit.ly/2b9GJK5) reported.
Police said they ticketed people who crossed in the middle of a block or crossed against crosswalk signals. Others were ticketed for entering a crosswalk when the flashing walk sign was counting down. It’s illegal to start crossing when the “no walk” sign in counting down.
Those crossing the street were not the only ones targeted.
Three drivers were given warning tickets for failing to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk. About two dozen drivers were cited for various violations. One driver was arrested on an outstanding warrant.
The crackdown came as an effort by law enforcement called “Watch for Me NC,” kicked off in Charlotte as part of a statewide program promoting pedestrian and bicycle safety.
Charlotte police say they have investigated 13 pedestrian fatal crashes and one bicyclist fatal crash this year, compared with two bicyclist and four pedestrian deaths through this time last year.