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Police ticketing pedestrians?

According to a tweet from the District Department of Transportation, D.C. police are out writing tickets for pedestrians today. The citations are being handed out at the intersection of 14th and U streets NW. The tweet says many pedestrians there don't wait for the walk signal.

Have you been cited for crossing against the walk signal? Post a comment below.

By Michael Bolden  | July 19, 2010; 3:36 PM ET
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In the U St corridor and Columbia Hgts, the pedestrians need to unplug their ipods and pay attention to the traffic. On GA Ave, the pedestrians need to actually use the crosswalks and not just wander out in the street. In both places, the police need to write tickets to help the pedestrians and cyclists save themselves.

Posted by: blankspace | July 19, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

For more than a year MPD has done this periodically at the intersection of M and New Jersey Ave, SE, and the immediate area near the Navy Yard Metro station and Nationals Park. The MPD presence is always very visible in the area, yet it never seems adequate to address the vehicles that don't yield to pedestrians who are legally crossing in a crosswalk. If you don't clear the intersection fast enough for some of these impatient drivers, they will practically mow you down. I once legally crossed M Street at a walk signal and a car on the opposite side of the street barrelled through to make a left turn. It happened so fast and I came so close to being hit, that I was nearly paralyzed by the fear.

Posted by: logosdesigns | July 19, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

From Dr. Gridlock: That 14th and U Street intersection, by the Reeves Center, is among the most dangerous intersections in the city for pedestrians. There's nothing particularly unusual about it. The sight lines are fine. But it has lots of traffic and lots of pedestrians, and they're not waiting for their turn.

I've also seen DC police out there pulling over cars that failed to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalks. (Many travelers suspect that one group or another gets singled out, so it's interesting to see that enforcement goes both ways.)

Posted by: Dr_Gridlock | July 19, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

We need this everywhere, not just rarely at one intersection.

DC cops are too lazy though. You can jaywalk in front of them and they'll just slow down and let you cross.

Posted by: jiji1 | July 20, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Dr. Gridlock wrote:

I've also seen DC police out there pulling over cars that failed to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalks. (Many travelers suspect that one group or another gets singled out, so it's interesting to see that enforcement goes both ways.)
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That's great. I've yet to see that type of enforcement in the area I mentioned, and I've been down here for years.

Posted by: logosdesigns | July 20, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

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