WILTON, Conn. -- As part of an effort to improve pedestrian safety in Wilton Center, the Wilton Police Department will conduct a two-week pedestrian safety enforcement operation, focusing on motorists who fail to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians, as well as speeding violations.
The department is conducting this public awareness and enforcement campaign to educate and encourage members of the community to develop and maintain safe practices while driving, walking and cycling through Wilton Center.
The operation will take place between Sept. 4 and Sept. 17 at the crosswalks in Wilton Center. Officers will conduct the enforcement operation at heavily-traveled crosswalks. Officers dressed in plain clothes will cross the street while uniformed officers monitor the crosswalk for motorists and pedestrians who fail to yield the right-of-way or who take unsafe actions. Drivers and pedestrians stopped during the operation will be issued warnings or citations.
“This pedestrian safety operation is another tool our department can utilize to improve traffic safety and educate motorists,” said Wilton Police Department Chief John Lynch. “When approaching a crosswalk where pedestrians are present, drivers must yield the right-of-way. This operation will serve as a reminder of this responsibility and we expect that voluntary compliance will be improved as a result."
"Those who choose to ignore the law and the message, however, will be deterred from future violations through enforcement. As is the case with any other traffic law, it is easy to avoid a ticket – in this case, simply yield the right-of-way to pedestrians who are in a crosswalk.”
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