Dozens of pedestrians violated crosswalk laws at uptown intersection, police say

Pedestrians cross Trade Street at a crosswalk.
Pedestrians cross Trade Street at a crosswalk. The Charlotte Observer

Dozens of pedestrians were issued warnings for crosswalk violations during a two-hour police campaign at an uptown Charlotte intersection on Tuesday morning.

Pedestrians received most of the 63 pedestrian-vehicle warning violations issued by police at West Trade Street and South Graham Street during the Watch For Me NC campaign. The campaign promotes pedestrian and bicycle safety on roads.

It is a violation to enter a crosswalk once the flashing “no walk” hand is counting down, according to police.

Most of the 63 warning violations were issued to pedestrians crossing against the electronic pedestrian signals at the intersections, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said.

Police issued a total of 94 warning violations, including six each for stop light and seat belt infractions and 11 for expired tags.

In a similar campaign in August 2016, police issued 100 warning tickets in 1  1/2 hours to pedestrians who violated crosswalk laws at the dangerous uptown intersection of College Street and Trade Street.

Pedestrians were given warning tickets for crossing mid-block, crossing against the signalized crosswalk signals and for entering the crosswalk when the flashing walk sign was counting down. Three drivers were given warning tickets for failing to yield to pedestrians already in the crosswalk, police said.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak