PEDESTRIAN SAFETY EMPHASIZED
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 6:23am
T.E.S.T. Targets Regent St. @ Brooks St
On January 19, 2010 the Madison Police Department's Traffic Enforcement Safety Team (T.E.S.T.), in conjunction with grant money provided by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, conducted a special enforcement effort for vehicles failing to yield to pedestrians. The T.E.S.T unit conducted this effort at the intersection of Brooks St. and Regent St. between the hours of 07:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. This intersection was specifically targeted during these hours do to high traffic volume and high pedestrian numbers.
T.E.S.T unit members and Patrol Officers stopped 35 vehicles for Failure to Yield to a Pedestrian at an Uncontrolled Intersection in a Crosswalk which is a violation of SS 346.24(1) and carries a fine of $145.50 and 4 license points. These citations were issued after drivers failed to yield, or narrowly missed striking an undercover officer crossing the street.
The Madison Police Department is committed to improving the safety of our community by increasing compliance with traffic laws through education and enforcement. Although law enforcement efforts are an important part of public safety, we rely heavily on the cooperation of the public to be aware of and to follow all traffic laws, whether as a pedestrian, bicyclist or motorist.
The Madison Police Department supports the "Zero In Wisconsin" campaign and believes that we all can make a difference. Please remember to drive safely and to "buckle up." State law now allows law enforcement to stop a vehicle when the driver is not observed wearing a safety belt. The Madison Police Department also reminds motorists that state law requires that vehicles yield right-of-way to pedestrians in crosswalks. Remember - don't drink and drive!
- Sgt. Eric Tripke, 266-4859