SOUTH SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) South Salt Lake Police sent a strong message to drivers one day after a pedestrian was hit downtown.
More than 50 people were cited during the first hour of a crosswalk traffic enforcement operation Thursday morning near 3000 South State Street.
An officer in plain clothes walked across State Street expecting drivers to stop.
“It’s unsafe. There is no doubt about it,” South Salt Lake Community Prevention Officer Jerry Silva said.
If they don’t, officers are nearby to pull them over and give them a ticket.
It was not uncommon for groups of six to eight vehicles to fly past Silva in the road, including Dan Brennan.
“I wasn’t paying attention,” Brennan told ABC4 Utah after getting pulled over.
Even while they’re giving out citations, the team of five officers said they’re more interested in educating drivers to be aware.
“A ticket is better than hitting someone and ultimately a death. That’s what we don’t want,” Officer Silva said.
“We had some very very bad accidents involving pedestrians,” South Salt Lake Executive Officer Gary Keller said.
Utah law requires vehicles to stop when a pedestrian first steps onto the street and continues onto the half of the road where the driver is traveling.
“I think it is a problem. I’m a pedestrian. It’s crazy that people don’t. I can’t believe it was me,” Brennan said.
Officers were also out near 2800 South Main Street Thursday afternoon.
The fine for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk is $150.