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Middletown police plan to focus on crosswalk safety next month

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 5/30/18
Middletown police have declared June as “Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Month” in the borough. Expect police in June to pay particular attention to enforcing the law at painted …

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Middletown police plan to focus on crosswalk safety next month

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Middletown police have declared June as “Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Month” in the borough.

Expect police in June to pay particular attention to enforcing the law at painted pedestrian crosswalks at intersections in the borough, said Officer Mark Laudenslager, department spokesman.

Pedestrians have the right of way in a crosswalk, meaning that under the law, if a pedestrian steps into the crosswalk, a vehicle is required to stop if it can do so safely.

Bicyclists are also required to stop to allow a pedestrian to cross the crosswalk.

Bicyclists do not have the right of way in a crosswalk, unless the cyclist dismounts and walks his or her bicycle in the crosswalk. Then the cyclist has the same right of way in the crosswalk as a pedestrian, Laudenslager said.

Police will also keep an eye on crosswalks at signalized intersections, but the primary enforcement focus will be on intersections with crosswalks without any kind of traffic light.

Residents who have concerns about pedestrian safety at any particular intersection or location in the borough are urged to contact police about the situation, Laudenslager said.

If you don’t yield the right of way in a crosswalk, you could get a ticket for $154.

June is being considered “a trial run” to see how this type of boroughwide pedestrian safety enforcement goes, said Chief George Mouchette.

“We will really ramp it up for September when school starts,” the chief said of the crosswalk enforcement.