The Seattle police are using police decoys to catch drivers who are driving through crosswalks without stopping for pedestrians to cross. The police are planning 10 cross walk sting operations to catch motorists who do not stop at crosswalks reports The Seattle Times.
The Seattle City Council instituted a safety committee after a council aide was killed in a pedestrian accident and the son of a council member was seriously injured.
According to the report, there were 468 car-pedestrian accidents reported to police in Seattle in 2008.
Washington State Motor Vehicle Code RCW 46.61.25 is the statute stating the rules for motorists when nearing crosswalks. It states that a driver must stop and remain stopped if a pedestrian or bicyclist is within an unmarked or marked crosswalk when the pedestrian or bicycle is upon or within one lane of the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling or onto which it is turning. If the road is a one-lane roadway, this includes the entire width of the road.
The statute also states that a vehicle approaching the stopped vehicle from the rear may not pass the stopped vehicle.
Penalties to a driver is a $124 fine.
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