Mountain View police officers issued 37 tickets yesterday, March 28, as part of crackdown on drivers who do not yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, according to the department's spokesman. The crackdown comes after a woman was hit and killed by a car on March 4 and a crossing guard was hit and injured on March 25.
On March 28, police were out looking specifically for drivers who did not stop to let pedestrians safely cross the street, Sgt. Sean Thompson told the Voice. Police reportedly issued 37 citations and will continue to be on alert for this specific violation.
"It's in response to the number of pedestrian injuries we've had lately," Thompson said. "We want to make drivers more aware of the pedestrians that are out there, so they can drive more cautiously and pay more attention when they're around."
A picture was tweeted on the department's official Twitter account showing a line of cars that had been pulled over in a Mountain View parking lot, with a caption reading, "Drivers ticketed for not yielding to ped in crosswalk."
Thompson said that when word gets out that a local police department is cracking down in a particular way, it tends to make a difference. "It makes drivers more alert and more conscious of pedestrians, and hopefully they slow down in the crosswalk areas," he said.