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48 ticketed today for failure to yield to pedestrian in Albion

Posted 5 August 2014 at 12:00 am

Press release, Albion Police Chief Roland Nenni

ALBION – The Albion Police Department conducted “Operation Safe Crossing” today. This law enforcement operation focused on pedestrian safety while crossing streets in marked crosswalks.

An undercover police officer dressed in bright visible clothing walked in marked crosswalks. If motorists failed to yield to the officer, which is required under section 1151 of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law, they were stopped and issued uniform traffic tickets.

Police issued 48 tickets to drivers who failed to yield during this three-hour detail. Only motorists who blatantly failed to yield were stopped and ticketed. The officer was inside a clearly marked crosswalk in the roadway crossing when the violations occurred.

The detail focused on the cross walks in the Village of Albion at the intersection of South Main Street at Park Street, and West Avenue at Hamilton Street. Both of these intersections are where pedestrians have been struck and killed by motor vehicles in the past.

The Albion Police Department has received numerous complaints from citizens regarding motorists failing to yield to pedestrians walking in crosswalks. The Police Department uses many tools, including the issuance of traffic tickets, in an attempt to make motorists aware of their obligation to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.

The Albion Police Department is focused and dedicated to making our highways and streets safer for all who use them. We will continue to use operations similar this Operation Safe Crossing as well as other measures to make our community as safe as it can be.

The Albion Police Department was assisted in the operation by the New York State Police.