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Police to kickoff Pedestrian Enforcement Week

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Posted at 4:20 PM, Sep 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-04 16:20:54-04

LANSING, Mich. — Police are going to be cracking down on jaywalking and dangerous driving over the next week.

The initiative comes as part of Pedestrian Enforcement Week, which will last from Sept. 5 until Sept. 11.

The Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) has identified Lansing, Detroit, Kalamazoo and Warren as cities with the highest number of pedestrian crashes from 2013 to 2017.

These cities have been awarded enforcement mobilization grants that will focus on the laws applicable to pedestrian safety to help reduces pedestrian injuries and fatalities, according to a press release.

“This enforcement period aims to educate community members about the importance of pedestrian safety and the traffic laws designed to protect them,” said Michael L. Prince, OHSP director. “We want everyone, people who drive and people who walk, to obey traffic signs and signals and stay alert for each other. Organizations are working hard to reduce pedestrian fatalities and injuries in Michigan, but there is still more we can do.”

Lansing, specifically, had a total of 261 pedestrian crashes, Detroit had a total of 2,330, Kalamazoo had a total of 264 and Warren had a total of 193, according to the release.

Officers will be on the lookout for driving violations like illegal turns, failing to stop at signals and failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.

As for pedestrians, officers are looking for jaywalking, not following traffic signals and not walking facing traffic.

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