Daily Talker: Somerville’s Crackdown At The Crosswalk

Somerville is cracking down on drivers who don’t stop at crosswalks, with officers handing out plenty of $200 tickets.

In the crosswalk sting, police used a department employee who kept walking across the street. Drivers who did not stop for the employee were pulled over and ticketed.

“It is not entrapment, we have police officers in uniform, marked police vehicles, if you stop for a pedestrian in the crosswalk to you will not be cited,” Somerville Deputy Police Chief Mike Cabral told WBZ News.

A 90-year-old woman crossing the street at Davis Square was hit and killed last month by a FedEx delivery truck, and 47 other pedestrians have been hurt in the past year.

Somerville has collected $40,000 in fines from the tickets, which is split between the state, the city, the court system, and the police department.

What do you think of Somerville’s crack down of drivers who don’t stop at crosswalks? Share your comments below, and watch for them on WBZ News in the Morning from 4:30 to 7:00 a.m.

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