La Crosse Police have extra officers out this weekend

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- La Crosse Police have more eyes on the road.
Extra officers are working throughout the city Friday and Saturday for high visibility OWI enforcement.
“We really want to make sure that people are aware that they need to not be drinking and driving and using alternative transportation methods versus driving,” said Officer Lisa Barrix.
On Monday from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. La Crosse Police will have extra officers along West Avenue and Pine and Vine Streets for high visibility pedestrian enforcement.
Officer Lisa Barrix said it's timely with students going back to school.
She says it's important for drivers to be aware of pedestrians and yield.
“Also pedestrians need to remember that they just can't step into the crosswalk and expect the cars to come to a screeching halt. They do need to give them an opportunity to see them and slow down and stop,” said Barrix.
Those who come through the area often say they're glad police will be around.
“I think that'd be very beneficial to both the students that are crossing and the pedestrians and also for the drivers. I don't think a lot of people pay attention to us as we're trying to cross,” said UW-La Crosse senior Maricruz Sanchez.
Police are able to have the extra officers out for high visibility pedestrian and OWI enforcement because of grants the department received.
The grants are meant to improve safety, decrease traffic related injuries and deaths, and increase voluntary compliance of laws.
Police were also out Thursday for high visibility pedestrian enforcement along La Crosse Street at Myrick Park Lane by UW-La Crosse and Myrick Park.

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