Granby Police reminding drivers to give pedestrians the right of way

Hampshire County

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Granby Police are cracking down on crosswalk safety. 

Granby Police have conducted two crosswalk enforcement details, stopping drivers when they least expect it. 

It’s that time of year, when more people are out walking the streets, enjoying the outdoors. Which is why Granby Police are out reminding drivers to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk. 

“Most of the operators had said that they had noticed the person last minute, they tried to make a split decision as to whether or not to stop because they had vehicles behind them,” said Sgt. Gary Poehler. “Most of them were extremely apologetic.” 

During the detail, Sgt. Poehler told 22News, on many occasions some drivers almost crashed at the site of a police cruiser. Sgt. Poehler said the targeted enforcement initiative is funded by a grant from the state’s Highway Safety Division. 

Granby Police said they stopped at least a dozen cars during each detail, only giving out two civil citations. 

A UMass Student said she’s thankful police are enforcing the law. 

“It is rather nerve-wracking as a pedestrian if a car is coming right at you,” said Emily Duryea. 

It’s not just a safety issue, the fine for failing to stop for a pedestrian in the crosswalk is $205. 

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