Police urging pedestrians and drivers to be careful near crosswalks

Hampshire County

Crosswalks; most of us use them everyday. It’s is a place designated for pedestrians to cross a busy road safely. But, if you’re not paying attention, someone could get hurt. 

Drivers must yield the right of way to pedestrians at all times and stop within 10 feet of a crosswalk. 

In 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported more than 4,000 pedestrians were killed in crashes with motor vehicles. Although these numbers represent a 22 percent drop from 1998, the risk is still there. 

“It is important for pedestrians to look at the traffic and make eye contact with the operators to make sure they see them and make sure they come to a complete stop,” Captain John Cartledge of the Northampton Police said. 

Pedestrian-vehicle injuries are the fifth leading cause of death for children ages five to 19.

If you are caught driving through a crosswalk when pedestrians are crossing, you can be issued a $200 fine by Northampton Police. 

“I don’t think it’s an unreasonable fee and I wouldn’t necessarily disagree if it were to be higher,” Glen Kotlyarenko of Northampton said. “I think there are some hazards and people can get hurt.”

Fines can vary depending on the town or city you are in.

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