WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – The West Valley City Police Department is cracking down on crosswalk safety.
From 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, officers patrolled the crosswalk at 2700 West just north of the 4100 South watching for traffic violations.
The operation consisted of a plain-clothed officer attempting to cross the streets as any member of the community typically would. Motorists who did not follow the law and stop their vehicle to allow the pedestrian to cross the street were confronted by a nearby officer with a warning or citation.
Utah law requires approaching vehicles to stop for pedestrians crossing in a marked crosswalk.
According to the Utah Department of Public Safety, 1,006 Utah pedestrians were hit by motor vehicles in 2016.
The goals of this WVCPD operation, particularly as we move into the “back to school” season, is to improve pedestrian safety, to change dangerous driver behaviors and to reduce injury, death and property damage associated with vehicle versus pedestrian traffic collisions.
Police said there were 108 violations. “That’s 108 someone could have died,” a tweet from the police department stated.