NSPD to start Crosswalk Crackdown Initiative

— Beginning May 5, the North Syracuse Police Department will begin a new

New York Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 1151: Pedestrians' right of way in crosswalks

(a) When traffic-control signals are not in place or not in operation the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right of way, slowing down or stopping if need be to so yield, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk on the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling, except that any pedestrian crossing a roadway at a point where a pedestrian tunnel or overpass has been provided shall yield the right of way to all vehicles.

(b) No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impractical for the driver to yield.

(c) Whenever any vehicle is stopped at a marked crosswalk or at any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass such stopped vehicle.

initiative on Route 11 targeting motorists as well as pedestrians violating New York State Vehicle and Traffic Laws dealing with crosswalks.

This initiative will run from May 5 through May 18 and will begin with an educational phase, which will include handing out informational pamphlets in an attempt to educate the public on NYS Laws involving crosswalk safety. The village has already placed signage near several crosswalks warning motorists that it is state law to yield the right of way to persons in the crosswalk. The department will be having safety checkpoints near these crosswalks to distribute the educational materials.

At the conclusion of the educational prelude, the department will begin its enforcement phase of the initiative. Officers will utilize marked as well as unmarked cars targeting crosswalk violations. The village will have a zero tolerance policy during our enforcement phase.

“Whether it’s for enjoyment or exercise, pedestrians in the village of North Syracuse have always enjoyed a quality of life where they can walk our roadways in a safe manner,” said NSPD Information Officer Jeff Tripp. “We want to not only continue with that tradition but to improve upon it.”

If someone does receive a ticket for failing to yield the right of way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, penalties can be expensive. First-time offenders could receive a maximum fine of $150 plus a $93 surcharge in addition to three points on their driving record.

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