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Police targeting jaywalkers, drivers during pedestrian enforcement week starting Thursday

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Posted at 7:02 AM, Oct 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-14 07:02:02-04

(WXYZ) — Several law enforcement agencies around metro Detroit will begin targeting drivers during pedestrian enforcement week from Oct. 15-21.

There will be increased targeting in Dearborn, Detroit, Farmington Hills, Flint, Flint Township, Hamtramck, Kalamazoo, Macomb Township, Pontiac, Southfield, Sterling Heights, and Warren.

Those areas have been identified by the Office of Highway Safety Planning as having some of the highest numbers of fatal and serious injury pedestrian crashes over the past five years.

“We’re hoping this enforcement period, during national pedestrian safety month, will help save the lives of Michigan’s most vulnerable roadway users - pedestrians,” said Michael L. Prince, OHSP director. “When driving, put your phone down, focus on the road, and expect to see people walking and using mobility aids.”

Officers will be looking out for violations that include: illegal turns, failing to stop at a signal or stop sign before a crosswalk, failing to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk at a signalized intersection, and blocking a roadway that interferes with the normal flow of traffic.

They will also be looking for pedestrians who don't walk on a sidewalk, don't follow traffic control signals and don't walk facing traffic on a road.