On the Crossing Alert

By: Andrea Wilcox
By: Andrea Wilcox

Pedestrian protection in the Pioneer City hasn't been talked about much since Marietta resident Barbara Stacy has hit while crossing Front Street.

Those injuries last year took her life.

Thursday, authorities made it their top priority to ensure others safety with an undercover operation to ticket unsafe travelers.

Brake lights lit up downtown Thursday. Despite the rain, lunchtime draws out hundreds in cars and on foot.

Motorists on Front Street were yielding to the crosswalk traffic, only the crossers Thursday were police officers.

Captain Jeff Waite says, "We're doing pedestrian safety enforcement as we call it. We check crosswalks to make sure vehicles are yielding to the right away of pedestrians."

In a two-hour time period, most vehicles stopped, but there were a few close calls. That's when the radios came out and a cruiser was on the scene.

Waite says, "We see a lot of people stopping even when they don't have to. It seems to be a heightened awareness of pedestrian right-aways."

Pedestrians downtown were taking advantage of the crosswalks. Some say the heightened awareness has made an impact.

"I stop. I wasn't aware of the rules before, but it’s been publicized a lot and I stop for people the minute they step off the curb."

In case it hasn't made an impact, Captain Waite says the transformation into plain clothes gave him some insight for residents looking to make the cross.

"If the pedestrians take a little more time, patience, diligence, attention to traffic will do a great bit to keep the safety there."

Waite says the department issued one citation and one written warning to violators.

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