Police Raise Awareness about Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety

Post Date:10/27/2014 4:20 PM

Drive with care and pay attention when walking or biking. As part of our ongoing support of a pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly community, the Town of Chapel Hill will continue to promote safety at crosswalks.

Chapel Hill police officer talking to residentPeople may receive helpful information, warnings, and in some cases, tickets for violations. Officers may cite motorists for failure to yield to pedestrians within the crosswalk and cite pedestrians for crossing against the signals or crossing outside the crosswalk. Fines and court costs for these violations begin at $213.

Multiple officers will monitor the following areas to encourage and enforce safe behavior from motorists, pedestrians and cyclists:

  • 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the intersection of Franklin and Columbia streets
  • 8:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, on East Franklin Street
  • 9-10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
  • 2-3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, on West Franklin Street
  • 9-10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 17, at the intersection of South Columbia and Pittsboro streets
  • 9-10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, on South Columbia Street near the Health Sciences building
  • 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the intersection of West Cameron Avenue and South Merritt Mill Road

The Police Department partners with the UNC Department of Public Safety and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools to provide public safety education and outreach. Their partnership is in conjunction with the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Watch for Me safety campaign aimed at reducing the number of pedestrians and bicyclists hit and injured in crashes with vehicles.

Chapel Hill is working to make the community safer. Help Chapel Hill stay a safe place to walk, bike and drive. For more information, visit: http://www.townofchapelhill.org/town-hall/news-events/current-issues/pedestrian-and-cyclist-safety

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