POINT PLEASANT - If you're in the habit of driving through crosswalks while people are waiting to go from one side of the street to the other, you're breaking a law - and it's highly likely that you'll be caught in this borough.

Flickr User Dave in the triad
Flickr User Dave in the triad

Police today launched a pedestrian safety initiative that they plan to continue for the next 10 months.

The main focus is drivers who ignore pedestrians in marked crosswalks. However, walkers who don't use common sense, and caution, at busy intersections, also can expect a chat with an officer.

"This pedestrian safety operation is another tool our department can utilize to improve traffic safety and educate motorists," Captain Robert Lokerson said in remarks posted on the department's Facebook page.

Plainclothes officers will cross intersections, especially heavily-traveled ones, while their uniformed brethren watch for infractions.

Drivers and pedestrians who are stopped will be given warnings and educational pamphlets, or tickets.

Lokerson said that the anticipated result is an upswing in voluntary compliance. "Those who choose to ignore the law and the message, however, will be deterred from future violations through enforcement. As is the case with any other traffic law, it is easy to avoid a ticket - in this case, simply stop for pedestrians who are in a crosswalk."

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