Police noticing driving problems in downtown Eau Claire

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- If you have driven through downtown Eau Claire, you may have seen or not seen Brittany Johnson crossing the road.

"There's a lot of traffic, I hate crossing this street," she said about Farwell St.

She is a downtown regular. She loves walking around. And if you ask her what she thinks of crossing traffic, her answer is simple.

"People need to really watch where they're going," she said.

Johnson says she was even hit at this intersection along Farwell St. while crossing the road on her bike.

"I was waiting for the walking sign to come on, it had just come on and this car started turning and it clipped my back tire," she added.

Police meanwhile have taken note there are some problems in the area.

"People seem to turn into whatever lanes they want to and cut people off and interfere with other vehicle, which is a big deal, it causes crashes and causes inconvenience for other drivers," she said.

They have done two traffic checks over the last couple weeks, stopping drivers for speeding, making illegal turns and not following crosswalk laws. They even tweeted the results of last week's check: 23 stops over a two hour period.

Officer Roder says when it comes to crosswalks; both drivers and pedestrians have responsibilities.

"They need to wait for an opening in the traffic before proceeding into the roadway, once the pedestrian is in the roadway, vehicles have to yield to the pedestrian as they cross the entire roadway, not just their lane but the entire roadway," Officer Roder said.

Johnson meanwhile is glad the driving problem is getting the attention it deserves. Now she hopes people take things a step further.

"It's not going to be something that's completely fixed but I mean we can try harder," she said.

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