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Mill Creek Police to conduct crosswalk emphasis exercises

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The Mill Creek Police Traffic Safety Unit will conduct crosswalk emphasis during the upcoming weeks.  Photo courtesy of Pexels.
The Mill Creek Police Traffic Safety Unit will conduct crosswalk emphasis during the upcoming weeks. Photo courtesy of Pexels.

From a City of Mill Creek News Release.

Is that a police officer or a pedestrian?

That’s a question drivers might be asking soon.

To remind drivers to be observant at crosswalks, the Mill Creek Police Traffic Safety Unit will conduct crosswalk emphasis during the upcoming weeks.

The emphasis will have an officer in plain, bright clothing, standing at a crosswalk somewhere in Mill Creek attempting to cross. If a vehicle does not stop, when the officer begins crossing, an additional uniformed officer will stop the violator. This operation will not bait drivers and will strictly follow Washington State Law.

Many times, drivers are distracted, in a hurry, or don’t know the law regarding pedestrians. As a reminder, Washington State’s Crosswalk Law stipulates:

Vehicles must stop if a pedestrian is in their half of the roadway.

  • Vehicles must stop if a pedestrian is upon or within one lane of the half of the roadway in which they are traveling or onto which they are turning.
  • Whenever any vehicle is stopped at a marked crosswalk or at any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection to permit a pedestrian or bicycle to cross the roadway, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass such stopped vehicle.
  • Once a pedestrian is beyond one lane of the half of the roadway, the vehicles may go.

The Mill Creek Police have a policy to warn and educate first, but they keep track and repeat offenders will certainly be ticketed. The fine is doubled in school zones.

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