LANCASTER – A traffic enforcement operation targeting jaywalkers in Lancaster netted dozens of citations and two arrests, authorities said.
The Pedestrian Crossing Operation was conducted between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday by deputies from the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
It was conducted to address the on-going problem of pedestrians walking in the roadway or crossing the street outside of a crosswalk, according to Deputy Jon White of the Lancaster Station Traffic Unit.
Over the past 12 months, there have been 61 vehicle vs. pedestrian collisions in Lancaster. Fifty-one of those collisions resulted in injuries to a pedestrian, and three of the collisions resulted in a pedestrian’s death. In each fatal collision, the pedestrian was in the roadway unlawfully and was the cause of the collision, White stated.
During Wednesday’s traffic enforcement operation, deputies were looking for pedestrians who were crossing the street outside of a crosswalk and creating hazards in the roadway. They were also looking for drivers who failed to yield to pedestrians in marked and unmarked crosswalks.
During the eight-hour operation, 78 pedestrians were cited for jaywalking and four drivers were cited for various vehicle code violations.
Additionally, one person was cited for drinking in public, one person was cited for loitering and one person was cited for possession of marijuana.
Deputies also made one arrest for a felony warrant and one arrest for possession of a controlled substance.
Lancaster Sheriff’s Station will be conducting several more jaywalking enforcement operations in the future.