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Police to focus on crosswalk violations at dangerous uptown intersection Thursday

Pedestrians react as a motorist fails to yield, nearly striking the pair as they cross Stonewall Street at South Tryon Street in 2012.
Pedestrians react as a motorist fails to yield, nearly striking the pair as they cross Stonewall Street at South Tryon Street in 2012. Todd Sumlin

To help combat a triple-fold rise in pedestrian deaths, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police plan to stop drivers on Thursday who ignore people in crosswalks at a particularly dangerous uptown intersection.

Twelve pedestrians have been hit at the intersection of College and Trade streets over the past five years, police said.

From 10 a.m. to noon, police will stop drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks at the intersection. Officers also will ticket pedestrians who fail to use crosswalks along College Street.

Thursday’s enforcement effort also will serve as a Watch For Me NC kickoff event in partnership with the Charlotte Department of Transportation, police said. Watch For Me NC is a statewide pedestrian-bicycle safety program.

CMPD’s Major Crash Investigation Unit has investigated 13 pedestrian fatality crashes and one bicyclist fatality crash this year, compared with two bicyclist and four pedestrian fatalities through this time last year.

“The goal of these operations is to educate the public, to include the motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists about the laws in North Carolina,” police said in announcing Thursday’s effort.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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