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  Courtesy Promotes Safety: Pedestrian Enforcement Program

In many communities motorists fail to yield to pedestrians in crosswalk. Problems include failure to yield at marked and unmarked locations without traffic control devices, and failure of drivers of turning vehicles to yield to pedestrians in marked crosswalks at locations with traffic signals. One important component of pedestrian countermeasures is the implementation of highly structured effective police enforcement operations. However, pedestrian statutes are rarely enforced in many jurisdictions. One reason why police rarely enforce pedestrian statutes is the absence of training programs to teach officers how to successfully implement effective pedestrian enforcement programs.

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Enforcing driver yielding behavior is one of the best traffic enforcement programs available because:

  • it produces a large number of quality stops.
  • it is combined with speed enforcement (speeding adversely effects pedestrians).
  • it is combined with stop sign and signal violation.
  • it identifies aggressive drivers.

Why the program works:

  • it provides violators with specific information on crashes and program goals.
    the program is highly visible.
  • it attracts the attention of the local media.
  • a large number of drivers stopped because of mix of citations and warnings
    and use of decoy pedestrians.

Scientifically determined schedule of enforcement.

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  • Identification of problem areas in the community.
  • Selection of enforcement sites.
  • Design of comprehensive enforcement program including schedule of
    enforcement at selected sites and how to fade the schedule of enforcement.
  • Presentation of a three day hands-on workshop to kick the program off.
  • Preparation of all materials including: warning flyers; educational flyers; and press

Material Covered in the Workshop

Targeting driver violations at crosswalks with an uncontrolled approach:

  • How to place cones at dilemma zone.
  • How to select safe locations to stop violators.
  • How to use spotters located at the crosswalk.
  • How and when to use decoy pedestrians.
  • How to use information flyers to increase public acceptance.
  • How to combine warnings and citations for maximum impact.
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Targeting Driver Violations at Signalized Crosswalks:

  • How to stop violators.
  • Spotter/observers must be able to see pedestrian control signal.
  • Understand primary violations at a signalized approach.
  • Cite drivers who block crosswalks or turn right on red without stopping.

The program also briefly reviews complementary engineering and educational interventions to improve pedestrian safety

Crosswalks at locations with traffic signals:

  • Uncontrolled approach.
  • Advance stop lines at 20 feet.
  • Lead pedestrian intervals.
  • Scanning eyes in signal heads.

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Crosswalks at locations without traffic control devices:

  • Pedestrian refuges.
  • Advance yield markings at crosswalks.
  • Prompting signs for pedestrian.
  • ITS signs for parking garages and crosswalks.

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Education interventions:

  • Brochures that target specific problems and populations.
  • Posters that target specific problems and populations.
  • Public service announcements.
  • Feedback signs.
  • Press release and media attention.
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Click here to send an email requesting more information on the pedestrian enforcement program.

Click here to dowload a pfd version of the CERS Enforcement Program.