In all, Cherry Hill, Collingswood, Pennsauken, Burlington City and Rowan University police handed out 728 tickets for failing to yield to a pedestrian, talking on a cell phone or not wearing a seatbelt.
Police gave warnings to another 1,222 drivers during the initiative from Aug. 13 to Sept. 13. The five tri-county departments were joined by 12 other agencies in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties to participate in the federally funded enforcement effort.
Cherry Hill police handed out 240 citations and warned 74 other drivers in six enforcement operations, Lt. Bill Kushina said.
Many of the departments have said they will continue or even incraese the patrols despite the formal end to the federally funded program:
“We will be putting out additional patrols. We have been enlightened to a big problem and we plan on taking it very seriously here,” Sarlow said.
And how did people react to the program:
Sarlow also said police came upon a lot of unhappy motorists but added the enforcement is necessary.
“When you actually sit at an intersection and do this you see what kind of problems there are out there in a particular area,” he said. “We’re not happy about giving summons out but when you have people that totally ignore pedestrians in a crosswalk that’s a problem.”
So if you didn’t heed our warning before, watch out for pedestrians in crosswalks. They may be more than just someone trying to cross the street.