NEW INFORMATION: Police hand out 73 warnings to crosswalk violators

The Eau Claire Police Department says officers handed out 73 warnings to drivers for pedestrian in crosswalk violations.

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(WEAU) – The Eau Claire Police Department has released the number of warnings they handed out as part of a crosswalk initiative last week.

It says officers handed out 73 warnings to drivers for pedestrian in crosswalk violations. It says they targeted four intersections used primarily by UW-Eau Claire students, Park Avenue at Summit Avenue, Water Street at Second Avenue, Water Street at Third Avenue, and Water Street at Sixth Avenue.


EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – The Eau Claire Police Department is continuing its initiative to keep cross walks safe.

A couple weeks ago, we showed you how police were cracking down on pedestrian crossings downtown.

Now they’re targeting a new area of town.
If you drive down State Street near the UW-Eau Claire campus Thursday, you'll want to keep an eye out for walkers at crosswalks.

Wednesday afternoon, WEAU 13 News was there as Eau Claire and UWEC police officers pulled over drivers who were caught violating crosswalk laws.

Here's how it works.

A plain clothes officer simply walks across the street and lets officers on standby know when he sees violators.

WEAU caught on camera several brazen drivers coming within a couple feet of the officer and other walkers crossing State Street.

They were then pulled over and given a warning.

Sgt. Travis Quella said officers want to educate drivers on the dos and don’ts of driving through a crosswalk.

Officers said they're seeing lots of problems in the campus area with drivers nearly hitting walkers.

Sgt. Quella said if you see a person cross the street, you must come to a safe stop.

But he said pedestrians also have to play by the rules.

“There's also a common sense approach that even though you may legally be in the intersection, it's really information to look to your left, look to your right. Because as we found today, you can't guarantee that the motorist is going to be looking out for you,” Sgt. Quella said.

Police will be back here in the campus area Thursday looking for violators.

Sgt. Quella said a fine for this can cost $203 and several points on your driver’s license.

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