The Spokane Valley Police Department conducted a pedestrian emphasis for five hours yesterday at the intersections of Valleyway and Mullan/Argonne. They gave out 110 tickets (at $124 a pop) to drivers who failed to yield for pedestrians in the crosswalk, according to Detective David Thornburg. Officers handed out 30 tickets for other traffic violations as well, including four for driving with a suspended driver's license.
Thornburg wrote in an email that a citizen had stopped to complain to officers about the emphasis, only to witness a person in a wheelchair nearly get hit by a car while trying to cross the road in the marked crosswalk.
The emphasis patrol was part of a regional push to promote safety awareness. You can find out more information at www.stickmanknows.org.