LOGAN — Police officers are stepping up patrols at crosswalks Tuesday in hopes of improving driver’s awareness of pedestrians and cyclists.
Logan City Police Chief Gary Jensen said officers will be conducting crosswalk stings, positioning themselves near intersections and then watching what motorists do, when pedestrians try to cross the street.
“We put drivers to the test,” said Jensen. “We put pedestrians in the crosswalk and we expect drivers to then of course, do the right thing and yield to those pedestrians, when they are required to do so. In the event that a person doesn’t, we would then take enforcement action whatever that may be.”
Police are hoping the stings will help motorists be more aware of cyclists and pedestrians, especially going into the warmer months when more people are outside.
Jensen said crosswalk safety goes both ways though, and officers also know cyclists and pedestrians need to be educated as well.
“Bicyclists and pedestrians have an obligation as well to be aware of motorists, to be aware of each other and to obey the laws. A lot of people perhaps don’t understand that when you are operating bicycle you operate it under the same rules of the road that a motor vehicle is responsible for.”
Jensen said whether someone is riding a bike, crossing the street or driving a car, they need to be cautious and watch out for their own safety.
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