Pedestrian Crossing Traffic Enforcement Project
With the school year ending and summer quickly approaching, the Lincoln Police Department will be conducting a Pedestrian Crossing Safety Enforcement Project. The project will be conducted over the course of two weeks at pedestrian crossing locations in south Lincoln. The Nebraska Office of Highway Safety is providing overtime funding for the increased enforcement.
During the week of May 11, 2015 to May 15, 2015, officers will be monitoring the pedestrian crosswalk located at South 27th Street and 'F' Street. The following week, May 18, 2015 to May 22, 2015, officers will be monitoring two pedestrian crosswalks on South 48th Street, one at Stockwell Street and another at Cooper Avenue.
The purpose of this project is to provide education to drivers and to pedestrians regarding the ordinances governing pedestrian crosswalks. In 2014, the Lincoln Police Department investigated 128 car versus pedestrian accidents. Of those, 124 (96%) involved injury to the pedestrian, with one resulting in fatality. Traffic Unit Sergeant Kocian stated, "It is our goal that, by giving additional education to both drivers and pedestrians, we can decrease the total number of car versus pedestrian accidents in 2015."