Crime & Courts

100 pedestrians given warning tickets for violating crosswalk laws at uptown intersection

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. Observer File Photo

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police issued 100 warning tickets to pedestrians who violated crosswalk laws at a dangerous uptown intersection on Thursday morning.

Officers issued tickets from 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the 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. It is a violation to enter a crosswalk once the flashing “no walk” hand is counting down, police said.

Three drivers were given warning tickets for failing to yield to pedestrians already in the crosswalk, police said.

Four drivers were cited for driving while their licenses were revoked, three for having no operator’s license, one for texting and driving and six for seat belt violations. Eleven drivers were cited for registration violations. Police also served a warrant on a driver.

Twelve pedestrians have been hit at the intersection over the past five years, police said.

Thursday’s enforcement effort was 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.

Police announced to the media on Wednesday that they would be at the intersection Thursday morning looking for violators.

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.

In summer 2012, police launched a similar effort against jaywalkers and unlawful drivers after a record year of pedestrian fatalities. Fourteen pedestrians had died by August of that year in incidents involving motor vehicles, compared with 24 such deaths in 2011.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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