Lincoln City Police are putting a state pedestrian safety grant to work this month to let drivers know that during the heavy tourist months, the number of pedestrians that cross Highway 101 rises dramatically and that traffic must stop for them both in marked and unmarked crosswalks. Those that don’t stop are subject to expensive traffic tickets.
Police say they will be using “decoy pedestrians” with police units nearby to watch whether traffic stopped for the decoy. Those that don’t will have their rear view mirrors lit up with police lights with a ticket on the way.
Police say they will conduct their first Pedestrian Safety Operation (aka crosswalk sting) on Highway 101 between North 19th and North 22nd, August 16th 11am to 6pm. The second operation will be conducted on Highway 101 between North 36th and Holmes Road, August 27th from 11am to 6pm. To enhance awareness of the importance of pedestrian safety, Lincoln City Police will erect warning signs leading into the area indicating a crosswalk enforcement action is being conducted ahead.