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enforcement issues & programs
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: targeting the pedestrian
: targeting the driver
: pedestrian "sting" operation


The foundation of a good traffic safety program is a strong and continuous program to rid the streets of alcohol impaired drivers. This will protect pedestrians along with everyone else.

Real danger is created by the inattentive or indifferent driver. Many are going to fast and fail to look out for pedestrians.

Danger to children comes from drivers going to fast near schools or in neighborhoods where children live. Many of our streets are designed to a "high" standard that allows for cars to move fast. Sadly, one consequence of this is that kids can't be near the street or are in danger of being killed.

It is impossible to police speeding on all the many miles of residential streets in our cities. There are too few police and too many speeding drivers. The real solution here is traffic calming.

Police should vigorously patrol for speeding cars around schools, an area where children are concentrated.

Motorist compliance with crosswalk right-of-way laws is often poor. Officers should watch for these violations. Officers should also be alert for crosswalk violations by drivers making turns. The pedestrian "sting" tactic is an effective way to combat these violations.

A deadly threat to pedestrians is created when a driver overtakes and passes a car stopped at a crosswalk to let a pedestrian cross. Officers who observe these violations should issue a citation in every case.

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Police holster their radar guns but stop and warn crosswalk speeders in Snohomish, Washington (Oct. 5, 2002 -- In three hours Friday morning, officers in nabbed some 60 drivers for driving through a crosswalk while a pedestrian was walking across the street. It was part of a sting designed to boost awareness of pedestrian safety. Read the full article at: