Police officers staking out a crosswalk on the Marquette University campus caught drivers failing to yield to a pedestrian as fast as they could set their trap, during a high visibility enforcement action Tuesday afternoon.
Milwaukee officers pulled 0ver 64 drivers who failed to yield – in two hours, and they’re still waiting for the tally from the Marquette University police who joined them.
The cliche, “it was like shooting fish in a barrel” fits perfectly. Officers on motorcycles watched a Marquette freshman, Dakota Elm, attempt to cross N. 16th Street in a clearly marked crosswalk highlighted with flashing warning lights and stopped motorists who violated the law. They were rolling after drivers every couple minutes, or as fast as they could finish one stop and return for another.
The officers issued 12 citations and 67 warnings, keeping with the educational mission conducted through an $8,000 grant from the Department of Transportation.
How important is that work? Nearly 30 percent of the people killed while walking in 2011, 2012 and 2013 were hit by drivers who failed to yield to them as required by state law. That’s nearly 50 mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters killed because someone didn’t follow the law or safe safe driving practices.
The death toll helped motivate the Wisconsin Bike Fed to conduct Wisconsin Walks month, and remind people to stop for their neighbor.
Click here for a guide to conduct your own Yield to Pedestrians action, along with information about the Bike Fed Share & Be Aware Program and Wisconsin Walks events.