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Our Police Our Selves 10/16/2008

Contact : Ofc. Teresa Fuller
Date : 10/15/2008
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Pedestrian Emphasis Results

Today's pedestrian safety emphasis in the WSU Spokane Campus area yielded 34 citations in about two and a half hours. Nine motor officers, along with Neighborhood Resource Officers Shaney Redmon and Wayne Downing participated in the sting that went from 7:30am until about 10:00am. Ofc.'s Redmon and Downing were in plain clothes attempting to cross Spokane Falls Blvd. to and from the campus, in one of the major marked crosswalks used by WSU pedestrian traffic near Riverpoint Blvd. Staff and students in the area expressed concern that they could not safely cross Spokane Falls and asked for increased patrols.

Twenty-seven of those citations were for Fail to Yield Right of Way to a Pedestrian. Other citations included no insurance, speeding, using a cell phone while driving, and no valid operator's license. With all the schools now in session in our area, the Spokane Police Traffic Unit would like to remind drivers to be cognizant of the increased pedestrian traffic in all areas of the city.

What the Police Traffic Unit did not say was for stupid pedestrians simultaneously talking on their cell phones, reading a comic book and eating a burrito to pay attention to where they are walking.

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