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9 drivers cited for failing to yield to pedestrians

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Police in Lebanon County cite nine motorists for failing to yield the right of way to a pedestrian at a marked crosswalk.  Palmyra Borough Police setup a safety detail for two hours Friday morning at the marked crosswalk at West Cherry and South Locust Street.  A similar safety detail was conducted over a two hour period at a marked crosswalk at South Forge and East Walnut Streets.

Nine drivers were cited to yield the right of way and one driver was cited for Failure to Obey a School Crossing Guard that was attempting to stop traffic at the Forge Road Elementary School.

According to state law, drivers must yield the right of way to pedestrians that are within any “marked” or “unmarked” crosswalk at an intersection.  Violation of the law is a summary offense with a fine upon conviction of $50, plus costs of $87.00 for a total of $137.00.

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  • MyTakeOnIt

    When are ya gonna cite pedestrians for jumping into a crosswalk without taking into account the reaction time and stopping distance of a vehicle in somewhat general proportion to it's size? There is a good reason that trains have the right of way and it is not because they are in a hurry.

    Peds have a responsibility to stop for a moment and look both ways and assess whether moving into the crosswalk is a wise move, giving a motorist a chance to stop without being rear-ended. It's simply not common sense to jump into a crosswalk when a vehicle is clearly in a position that stopping could be detrimental or impossible.

    Rhetorical question. Pedestrian walks into a crosswalk on a rainy day in front of a bus to commit suicide. Is the driver cited?

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