Law Enforcement Agencies Look to Improve Pedestrian Safety
The Gainesville Police Department, Alachua County Sheriff's Office, and the University of Florida Police Department are working together on a year-long project to improve pedestrian safety. They said almost 70 percent of drivers don't yield to people in crosswalks.
Under Florida law drivers should yield for people once they enter a crosswalk. Those that don't could face a $154 fine.
"We want them to be safe," said Gainesville Police Sgt. Joe Raulerson of pedestrians. "As long as the yield rate increases I think we're going to accomplish that in making Gainesville a safer place."
Currently, drivers who are stopped at various crosswalks across Gainesville will only receive a warning, but tickets will be handed out in the coming months.
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