Why did the police officer cross the road? To see how safe it is.
Gainesville Police officers are hitting the pavement, to find out how safe the city's crosswalks are.
University of Florida researchers identified a crosswalk on SW 2nd avenue to be studied because of the number of people who use it, and because of the number of drivers who don't stop.
Florida law states drivers must yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, but in an hour and a half, GPD officers found almost 90 drivers who didn't. "We have two to three crashes every single week involving pedestrians, whether it's the pedestrians fault or the motorists fault," said Sgt. Joe Raulerson.
GPD officials say they're issuing warnings, but also measuring yield rates at every cross walk in the city of Gainesville, in hopes that their efforts will improve pedestrian safety.
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