Eastpointe City Council passes ordinance that prohibits walking in the street where sidewalks exist

(WXYZ) - The Eastpointe City Council passed an ordinance that prohibits walking in the street where sidewalks exist.

"You need to stay off the street if there's a sidewalk available to you," says Ronald LaForest, Eastpointe City Councilman.

Eastpointe city council unanimously passed the ordinance. If you're in violation, it could cost you up to $155. If you don't pay, you could get up to 30 days and a $500 fine.

LaForest says the city has gotten a lot of complaints from drivers. "For the most part, they're afraid they're going to hit someone. It's a safety issue," he says.

He says walking in the middle of the street is a problem involving teenagers and adults too.

The ordinance reads "Where sidewalks are provided, a pedestrian shall not walk upon the main portion of the street, unless within a crosswalk. Where sidewalks are not provided, pedestrians shall, when practicable, walk on the left side of the street facing traffic which passes nearest."

He hopes the possibility of a hefty fine will be enough to curb the problem.

"For the most part, those who get caught walking in the middle of the street will probably be issued a warning first, just to get the word out, but we want everyone to know that we do take this matter seriously," says LaForest.

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