Posted at: 01/08/2013 6:34 PM
Updated at: 01/08/2013 6:39 PM
By: Maarja Anderson
A recent surge in complaints has the Superior Police Department beefing up their enforcement of vehicles not stopping for pedestrians.
Deputy Chief Matt Markon said increased crosswalk violation patrol is necessary to avoid a larger safety issue.
"Being able to cross the street in Superior is really becoming a problem, and as these complaints keep coming in, we realize there is something we need to do about it," said Deputy Chief Markon.
For those that walk the streets of Superior daily, like bicyclist and pedestrian Marv Swonberg, the increased patrol is a welcomed relief.
"They don't even know what a crosswalk is," said Swonberg. "They have them, but no one seems to understand, I mean we have to wait for these people."
Deputy Chief Markon has told his patrol to be on the lookout for violators, even assigning some officers to pose as pedestrians in order to catch violators in the act. He has urged his team to issue citations, which could cost drivers up to $326.50.
"We're telling them, we want citations issued," said Deputy Chief Markon. "That's the way that's going to get people to take notice."
He went on to add that pedestrians also need to do their part in keeping the roads safe, such as abiding traffic signals and seizing their right-of-way.